Mass protests escalate in Iraq and Lebanon

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2020

Both countries saw violent clashes as discredited caretaker governments failed to meet any of the social and political demands made by hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets.

Berlin conference prepares military occupation of Libya

By Peter Schwarz, 21 January 2020

The Libya conference, which took place last Sunday in Berlin, was not about peace in the war-torn country, but about the distribution of the loot.

The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa

Trump backs armed gun-rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2020

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump tweeted support as thousands of gun-rights activists, many of them carrying semi-automatic weapons, descended on Virginia’s capital, Richmond.

As neo-Nazis head to Richmond, Trump boosts gun-rights rally

Anger mounts in Puerto Rico as workers discover warehouse full of unused aid

By Genevieve Leigh, 21 January 2020

On Saturday, in Ponce, Puerto Rico residents discovered a warehouse piled high with desperately needed unused emergency supplies

Venezuela’s Maduro offers Trump a “win-win” bargain

By Andrea Lobo, 21 January 2020

In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president “suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies” if the White House ends sanctions.

Germany: New links found between Lübcke murder, neo-fascist NSU and the secret service

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 January 2020

The links between the series of murders carried out by the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU, the murder of Kassel’s District President Walter Lübcke (CDU) and the secret service are closer than previously known.

UK: Highest-paid CEOs take home 117 times that of an average paid worker

By Barry Mason, 21 January 2020

In 2018, the average FTSE 100 CEO earned £3.46 million, equivalent to £901.30 an hour.

Rich in US and UK live nearly ten more healthy years than the poor

UK Counter Terrorism Policing document seeks to outlaw political dissent

By Thomas Scripps, 21 January 2020

The “guidance document” lists prominent left-wing, anti-war and environmental groups alongside far-right, fascist and white supremacist organisations.

Trump administration ramps up campaign to abolish strong data encryption in aftermath of Pensacola terror shooting

By Kevin Reed, 21 January 2020

The administration, following in the footsteps of the Obama White House, is moving to attack privacy rights protected by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Northam’s Virginia budget: Democrat gives a pittance to workers, lion’s share to wealthy

By Nick Barrickman and Elias Mahonen, 21 January 2020

The budget would give paltry increases in healthcare subsidies and teacher wages while doing nothing to undercut the state government’s support for big business.

Sports grants pork-barrelling adds to political disaffection in Australia

By Mike Head, 21 January 2020

For decades, every government, whether Coalition or Labor, has engaged in similar handouts, but this affair breaks new ground.

Spate of retail closures underscores deepening Australian economic slump

By Terry Cook, 21 January 2020

The crisis in the retail sector is a result of declining or stagnating wages and a soaring cost of living, which has resulted in a collapse in consumers’ purchasing power.

21 January 2020

Paris transport workers vote to end unlimited strike against Macron

By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2020

Police assault “yellow vests” after Macron forced to flee crowd in Paris theater

By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2020

Hundreds of thousands protest pension cuts in France

Climate change “spin” as Davos gathering confronts mounting environmental and economic crisis

By Nick Beams, 20 January 2020

Bushfire scientist warns that Australia’s disaster is “a wake-up call”

By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2020

Australian Labor Party closes ranks with Morrison government in bushfire crisis

The Australian fire crisis and the necessity for socialism

Smoke haze from Australian bushfires pose serious public health threat

Russian Duma approves new prime minister

By Clara Weiss, 20 January 2020

US official delivers Trump’s threatening message to Sri Lankan president

By K. Ratnayake, 20 January 2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour leadership campaign marks end of “project Corbyn”

By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2020

UK home secretary defends naming Extinction Rebellion as extremist

Ontario teachers to stage regional walkouts, as Ford government escalates threats

By Roger Jordan, 20 January 2020

Tesla under investigation by US government for defect that caused over 100 crashes

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 January 2020

“What the automakers looked for was flexibility, and they maintained a lot of flexibility”
Detroit Three automakers see gains in 2019 UAW contracts, industry think tank gloats

By Marcus Day, 20 January 2020

Chicago police to be deputized as federal immigration agents

By Kylie Rose and Andy Thompson, 20 January 2020

Drastic cuts to Rochester, New York schools

By Steve Filips, 20 January 2020

New in German

Trump nutzt die Iran-Krise, um Gewalt gegen politische Gegner zu provozieren

Barry Grey, 16. Januar 2020

Nach Trumps Befehl zur Ermordung Solemanis muss man seine Denunziationen politischer Gegner als Gewaltandrohung verstehen.

Neue Verbindungen zwischen Lübcke-Mord, NSU und Verfassungsschutz

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 16. Januar 2020

Ermittlungsunterlagen erhärten den Verdacht, dass der NSU Teil eines rechtsterroristischen Netzwerks war, das weiter agierte und schließlich den Kasseler Regierungspräsidenten Walter Lübcke ermordete.

Europäische Mächte bereiten Annullierung des Atomabkommens mit dem Iran vor

Alex Lantier, 16. Januar 2020

Ermutigt von der schwachen Reaktion Teherans auf die rechtswidrige Ermordung des iranischen Generals Qassim Soleimani verschärfen Berlin, London und Paris ihre Angriffe gegen den Iran.

Veranstaltung der IYSSE zur StuPa-Wahl an der Humboldt-Univrsität
Kein Krieg gegen Iran! Für eine internationale Bewegung gegen Kapitalismus und Krieg!

unseren Reportern, 16. Januar 2020

Insgesamt kamen etwa 80 Studierende, um mit den IYSSE über die gefährlichen Entwicklungen im Nahen und Mittleren Osten und eine sozialistische Perspektive gegen Krieg zu diskutieren.

Neue Einzelheiten über Polizeigewalt an Silvester in Connewitz

Isabel Roy, 16. Januar 2020

Nachdem bereits mehrere Behauptungen der Polizei über vermeintlich linksextreme Gewalttaten bei einer Silvesterfeier im Leipziger Stadtteil Connewitz als dreiste Lügen entlarvt wurden, zeigen neue Augenzeugenberichte und Videos, dass es ganz im Gegenteil zu brutalen Ausschreitungen der Polizei gegen friedliche Demonstranten gekommen ist.

Europa: Migrantenkinder hinter Gittern

Marianne Arens, 16. Januar 2020

Wie zwei neue Studien zeigen, werden Einwandererkinder nicht nur in Trumps Amerika, sondern auch in Deutschland und ganz Europa misshandelt.

New in Norwegian

Trump utnytter Iran-krigskrisen for å oppildne til vold mot politiske opponenter

Barry Grey, 16. januar 2020

Etter Trumps beordring til drap av Irans general Suleimani må hans fordømmelser av politiske opponenter for å «ta terroristers parti» tolkes som en trussel om vold.

Europeiske makter forflytter seg mot skroting av atomavtalen med Iran

Alex Lantier, 16. januar 2020

Berlin, London og Paris eskalerer angrepene mot Iran, oppmuntred av Teherans svake reaksjon på det illegale amerikanske drapet av den iranske general Qassem Suleimani.

Tysklands Süddeutsche Zeitung forsvarer mordet på Suleimani

Peter Schwarz, 16. januar 2020

Som reaksjon på den nylige krisen i Midtøsten er Tysklands styringskretser begeistret over president Donald Trumps kriminelle metoder, samtidig som de mer aggressivt forfølger sine egne imperialistinteresser.

Kreml opprettholder dempet respons til Suleimani-attentatet, og insisterer på Iran-atomavtalen

Clara Weiss, 16. januar 2020

Kreml har opprettholdt en relativt dempet offentlig respons på det illegale amerikanske droneattentatet på Irans general Qassem Suleimani. Utenriksdepartementet utstedte en initiell uttalelse som fordømte drapet, men påfølgende uttalelser fra Putin og fra Kreml har unnlatt å innta noen klar stilling i konflikten, og har oppfordret til deeskalering.

Bolsonaro støtter Trump for krig mot Iran, der Arbeiderpartiet (PT) appellerer til militæret

Tomas Castanheira, 16. januar 2020

Regjeringen til Brasils fascistiske president Jair Bolsonaro var en av de første til å forsvare Washingtons krigsforbrytelse, der den pushet løgnen utbasunert av Donald Trump om at attentatet på den iranske generalen Qassem Suleimani var rettet mot å bekjempe terrorisme. Bare én dag etter angrepet utstedte Itamaraty – det brasilianske utenriksdepartementet – et notat som sa at «den brasilianske regjeringen uttrykker sin støtte for kampen mot terrorismens svøpe.»

New in Russian

Сторонники Бандеры маршируют в крупных городах Украины после того, как правительство объявило нацистских коллаборационистов «национальными героями»

Джейсон Мелановски и Клара Вайс, 11 января 2020 г.

Прославление киевским правительством одиозных антисемитских фигур и нацистских коллаборационистов сопровождается постыдным молчанием со стороны империалистических патронов Украины.

New in Turkish

Grevlerin yayıldığı Fransa'da milyonlarca insan yürüyüşlere katıldı

Anthony Torres ve Alex Lantier, 11 Ocak 2020

İleriye giden yol, sendikalardan bağımsız eylem komiteleri inşa ederek, grevcileri, "sarı yelekliler"i ve gençleri, kapitalist sisteme karşı işçi iktidarı uğruna mücadelenin parçası olarak Macron hükümetine karşı birleştirmekten geçiyor.

New in Spanish

La cacería de brujas internacional contra Julian Assange

Por Eric London y Thomas Scripps, 15 enero 2020

La persecución de Assange es una burla de la justicia que manchará por siempre a los Gobiernos de EE. UU., Reino Unido, Australia, Suecia y Ecuador.

El asesinato del general iraní Suleimani planeado con meses de anticipación

Por Bill Van Auken, 15 enero 2020

Ha sido expuesto como una deliberada mentira la afirmación de la administración Trump de que el asesinato se llevó a cabo en respuesta a alguna amenaza "inminente¨.

Berlín, Londres y París amenazan a Irán por el tratado nuclear de 2015

Por Alex Lantier, 15 enero 2020

Después del reciente asesinato estadounidense del general iraní Qasem Soleimani, las potencias europeas no están denunciando no a Washington, sino a Teherán, como una amenaza para Oriente Medio.

Texas se convierte en el primer estado en rechazar el restablecimiento de refugiados

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 enero 2020

Una orden emitida por Trump en septiembre prohibe que las organizaciones no gubernamentales y sin fines de lucro reasentar a los refugiados sin el consentimiento de los gobiernos estatales y locales.

New in French

L'Iran frappe des bases américaines en Irak alors que le Pentagone déploie des bombardiers B-52

Bill Van Auken, 9 janvier 2020

En préparation évidente d'une guerre à grande échelle, le Pentagone a envoyé une force de frappe composée de six bombardiers lourds B-52 sur la base militaire américaine de l'île de Diego Garcia.

Après le meurtre de Soleimani, le NPA part en guerre contre l’Iran

Alexandre Lantier, 9 janvier 2020

Le NPA met en avant le mensonge que l’Iran, un pays ex-colonial, serait une puissance impérialiste qui attaque Washington, et traite Soleimani de meurtrier de masse.

Corbyn rampe devant le Conseil privé, cherchant à bloquer un mouvement anti-guerre de masse

Laura Tiernan, 9 janvier 2020

La lettre de Corbyn à Johnson était rédigée de manière à défendre les intérêts de la sécurité nationale britannique et portait la marque de fabrique de Corbyn, celle de sa soumission à l’Etat

Podemos entre au gouvernement espagnol

Alex Lantier, 9 janvier 2020

La formation du gouvernement a mis un terme à deux mois de manœuvres dans l’élite dirigeante espagnole suite au parlement sans majorité sorti des élections du 10 novembre.

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Perspective

The oligarchs assemble at Davos

21 January 2020

The bankers, corporate executives and heads of state attending the World Economic Forum this week look on with fear at the eruption of social opposition all over the world.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state

By Richard Hoffman, 15 January 2020

The political and legal attack on Assange represents a qualitative intensification of the destruction of core rights and, indeed, on legality itself as the mode of bourgeois rule.

#MeToo provocation against Bernie Sanders organized by CNN and Elizabeth Warren

By David Walsh, 20 January 2020

This is a political stink bomb, borrowed from the #MeToo playbook, typical of American politics in its putrefaction.

Asarco strike poses need for unity of US and Mexican copper miners
Real internationalism vs. the United Steelworkers’ partnership with Los Mineros

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 20 January 2020

The copper and metal mining industry is dominated by global corporations, posing the need for workers to develop an international strategy to fight.

Delta workers poisoned by toxic work uniforms file class action lawsuit

By Tom Carter, 17 January 2020

“I am confident that these uniforms are affecting many thousands of people,” lead attorney Bruce A. Maxwell told the World Socialist Web Site.

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Google suppressing World Socialist Web Site content in its search results for the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Kevin Reed, 20 January 2020

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 15 January 2020

The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to five historians

By David North and Eric London, 28 December 2019

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Commentary

Lack of action on climate change leads to warmest decade ever recorded

By James Cogan, 20 January 2020

Amid poverty wages and tax cuts for the rich
JPMorgan Chase records the biggest profit of any bank in US history

By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Workers Struggles

Mexican Home Depot workers threaten strike; British Columbia forestry strike in seventh month
Workers Struggles: The Americas

21 January 2020

Some 6,000 Home Depot workers in Mexico were put on strike alert to press for pay and benefits demands, while the United Steelworkers has continued its isolation of 3,200 forestry workers in the Canadian province of British Columbia who have been on strike since July 2019.

New UAW Ford director part of union’s narrow inner circle

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020

Lessons of the US autoworkers’ struggle of 2019

More on autoworkers issues »

Unions promote nationalism as US copper miners strike approaches 100 days

By Samuel Davidson, 18 January 2020

Snowplow operators in northeastern Minnesota begin strike over benefits

By Anthony Bertolt, 18 January 2020

Saskatchewan NDP silent on oil refinery lockout

By Carl Bronski, 18 January 2020

Arts Review

Little Women: The new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famed work

By David Walsh, 20 January 2020

Sigrid Nunez’s National Book Award-winning novel, The Friend: One form of contemporary misanthropy

By James McDonald, 18 January 2020

Sam Mendes’ 1917: A technological step forward, several ideological and artistic steps back

By Joanne Laurier, 17 January 2020

25 years ago: Nuclear war scare caused by Norwegian rocket

On January 25, 1995, the Russian military mistook a Black Brant XII rocket for an incoming Trident missile launched as a high-altitude nuclear attack by the US Navy.

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50 years ago: “First Quarter Storm” protests in Philippines

On January 26, 1970, thousands of youth, students, and workers protested the State of the Union address delivered by President Ferdinand Marcos.

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75 years ago: Hitler’s regime in crisis

This week in January 1945, the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler suffered a series of military defeats which brought into stark focus the prospect of an imminent Allied invasion of Germany.

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100 years ago: Turkish nationalist forces attack French occupation troops

On January 21, 1920, Kemal Atatürk’s Turkish National Forces attacked the French-occupied city of Maras in south-central Turkey.

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International Youth and Students for Social Equality

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 17 January 2020

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party
Part 1: Obama’s national security apparatus in exile

Free Assange and Manning

Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture”

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2020

In comments to the WSWS this week, Branco stated: “Citizens have their mass and geniuses like Julian Assange on their side—private interests have their economical power, cynicism and capacity to corrupt on theirs.”

The international witch-hunt of Julian Assange

An Open Letter to fellow Educators: Take a stand with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By James McDonald, 15 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Obituary

Left-wing British film and television producer Tony Garnett dead at 83

By our reporter, 16 January 2020

Garnett’s career spanned 50 years, but he is identified above all with one of the most significant and creative periods in the history of television drama in the UK.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting: How to fight the new Rajapakse regime

By our correspondents, 16 January 2020

About 150 workers, youth, professionals and housewives, including party members and supporters from Colombo and outstations, attended the event held in Colombo Public Library Auditorium.

UK Public Meetings:
The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

28 December 2019

Socialist Equality Party used UK general election to put forward a socialist perspective

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

Defend the Silao Seven!
Fired Mexican GM workers issue open letter to American workers

More on autoworkers struggles »

Mehring Books

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Science

Skin Deep, Journey in the Divisive Science of Race, by Gavin Evans

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2019

The overwhelming weight of scientific research demonstrates that “race” does not exist as a valid biological category, but is a social construct.

History

David North introduces Turkish-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky at Istanbul Book Fair

By our reporter, 11 November 2019

Mehring Yayıncılık announced the publication of five major works by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) at its Istanbul Book Fair stall, including two authored by David North.

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019