With Sanders headed to victory, Iowa Democratic Party blocks release of caucus results

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2020

The action, which was clearly directed from the top, comes amidst an unprecedented intervention from the Democratic Party leadership against the Sanders campaign.

Dozens killed in growing border clashes between Turkey and Syria

By Ulas Atesci, 4 February 2020

This fighting threatens to escalate into a direct confrontation between Turkey, a NATO member state, and the Syrian regime’s nuclear-armed ally, Russia.

As White House asserts unchecked presidential powers
Democrats double down on anti-Russia war-mongering in impeachment arguments

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2020

The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.

Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal

No to American fascism! Build a mass movement to force Trump out!

Oil prices plummet as coronavirus epidemic drastically curtails Chinese demand

By Benjamin Mateus, 4 February 2020

China is the world’s top oil importer and uses over 10 million barrels per day.

US bans foreign nationals from entry over coronavirus

Sharp fall on Wall Street as coronavirus hits global markets

White supremacist Coast Guard officer sentenced to thirteen years in federal prison after plotting massacre of Democrats and “leftists in general”

By Kevin Reed, 4 February 2020

Christopher Hasson, a fascist Coast Guard Lieutenant who had amassed an arsenal in his Silver Spring, Maryland home, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to firearm and drug charges.

Pennsylvania cancer patient sentenced to 10 months in prison for shoplifting $109.63 in groceries

By Kate Randall, 4 February 2020

Ashley Menser, 36, and her family were hoping that the fact that she was being treated for cancer would persuade the judge to either delay or defer her sentencing. They were wrong.

Almost half of cancer patients in the US deplete entire life assets by second year of treatment

NATO exercise Defender 2020: Germany serves as military base for build-up against Russia

By Martin Nowak, 4 February 2020

For the first time in its history, the alliance is practicing the deployment from the US to eastern Europe of an entire division of 20,000 soldiers.

War tensions mount between NATO powers over Libya, Mediterranean

Boris Johnson’s government uses London terror attack to call for indefinite detention

By Thomas Scripps, 4 February 2020

For all the cries of “apologist!” in the corporate media, the roots of terrorist groups in the predatory intrigues of the major powers are widely known.

Brazilian oil workers strike against mass layoffs, privatization threat

By Gabriel Lemos, 4 February 2020

The strike at the state-owned giant Petrobras comes amid strikes by other sections of public sector workers against Bolsonaro’s privatization program.

Ontario government escalates its assault on the poor

By Penny Smith, 4 February 2020

Among other regressive changes to Ontario’s social welfare programs, the Ford government plans to alter eligibility criteria to make it harder for disabled people to access support.

Sri Lankan Tamil party leaders ready to work with President Rajapakse

By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 4 February 2020

Having previously stated that Gotabhaya Rajapakse had “authoritarian tendencies,” the Tamil National Alliance leadership is offering to help the new president impose his pro-business program.

Australian political establishment once again in turmoil

By Mike Head, 4 February 2020

The day before parliament resumed for 2020, the leaders of three parties either stepped down or had their position challenged.

Rising “under-employment” fuels discontent in Australia

By Mike Head, 4 February 2020

In working-class areas, young people and other workers are being pushed increasingly into the “gig economy” of casualised, temporary and part-time employment.

Australia: New South Wales public school teachers continue to express outrage over union betrayal

By our reporters, 4 February 2020

Since school autonomy was introduced in 2012, casual or contract employment of teachers in NSW has soared by 40 percent.

3 February 2020

Nervousness grows over global impact of coronavirus outbreak in China

By Benjamin Mateus and James Cogan, 3 February 2020

On eve of Iowa caucuses
Corporate media and Democratic establishment target Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2020

Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship

General strike for jobs and pensions erupts in Spain’s Basque Country

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2020

Johnson’s real Brexit agenda is trade war, militarism and class war

By Robert Stevens, 3 February 2020

Renowned Harvard chemistry professor charged with lying about ties to China

By Kevin Reed, 3 February 2020

Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly calls for Assange’s release, condemns threatened extradition

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 February 2020

Volkswagen works council agrees to destruction of 20,000 jobs in Germany

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 February 2020

Unifor offers sweeping concessions to FCL management in failed bid to end Regina oil refinery lockout

By Carl Bronski, 3 February 2020

FCA offers buyouts to 3,900 workers at Belvidere Assembly, raising danger of plant’s closure

By Jacob Crosse, 3 February 2020

Ford planning further layoffs at Chicago Stamping Plant

By George Gallanis, 3 February 2020

Six children die from hunger and tainted water in Argentina’s Salta Province

By Rafael Azul, 3 February 2020

Australian PM compels minister to resign over sports grants pork-barrelling

By Mike Head, 3 February 2020

Australia: Bushfire survivors point to lack of funding for firefighters and recovery effort

By our reporters, 3 February 2020

New in French

Les États-Unis déploient une arme nucléaire «utilisable» sur fond de menaces de guerre continues contre l'Iran

Bill Van Auken, 3 février 2020

Malgré tous les discours selon lesquels la guerre avec l’Iran a été évitée, la réalité est que le monde reste sur le fil du rasoir d’un affrontement militaire catastrophique.

Les nominations de « J’accuse » aux Césars ébranlent la campagne #metoo contre Polanski

Francis Dubois, 3 février 2020

Malgré une campagne persistante aux relents fascisants contre le « J’accuse » de Polanski, les césars le mettent en tête de leur sélection pour l’année 2020.

Sanders fait une percée dans les sondages au milieu des attaques des médias et des pontes du Parti démocrate

Jacob Crosse, 3 février 2020

La campagne des hauts responsables du Parti démocrate contre Sanders et leur détermination à saper sa candidature ne fait qu’exposer la faillite de l’affirmation de Sanders selon laquelle le Parti démocrate peut être réformé.

Des centaines d’étudiants dénoncent la Loi 21 xénophobe de la CAQ

Laurent Lafrance, 3 février 2020

Les manifestations témoignent d’une opposition grandissante aux politiques anti-immigrants de l’élite dirigeante québécoise.

Joseph Kishore, candidat du SEP à la présidence des États-Unis, intervient à une réunion électorale de l'IYSSE à l'université Humboldt de Berlin

Nos correspondants, 3 février 2020

La réunion a examiné la croissance des luttes de la classe ouvrière dans le monde et la nécessité d'un programme et d'une perspective internationaux.

New in Norwegian

USA utplasserer «anvendelig» atomvåpen samtidig med fortsatte krigstrusler mot Iran

Bill Van Auken, 3. februar 2020

Til tross for alt snakk om at krig med Iran er avverget er realiteten at verden balanserer på en knivsegg av katastrofal militær konfrontasjon.

Sanders stiger i meningsmålingene, med angrep fra mediene og Det demokratiske partiets etablissement

Jacob Crosse, 3. februar 2020

Det demokratiske partiets toppfunksjonærers kampanje mot Sanders og deres hårdnakkede undergraving av hans kandidatur avslører hvor bankerott Sanders’ påstand om å reformere Det demokratiske partiet er.

Joseph Kishore, presidentkandidat i USA for SEP, talte til IYSSE-valgkampanjemøte ved Humboldt Universitet i Berlin

våre reportere, 3. februar 2020

Møtet gjennomgikk veksten av arbeiderklassekamper over hele verden, og behovet for et internasjonalt program og perspektiv.

Skulle Assange bli utlevert til USA vil han bli holdt i «fengselssystemets mørkeste hjørne»

Oscar Grenfell, 3. februar 2020

Dersom WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren blir utlevert til USA vil han bli holdt i ekstrem isolasjon – betingelser som vanligvis pålegges personer dømt for terrorhandlinger.

New in German

USA bringen „einsatzbereite“ Atomwaffen gegen Iran in Stellung

Bill Van Auken, 3. Februar 2020

Nach wie vor steht die Welt am Rande einer katastrophalen militärischen Konfrontation.

IG Metall bietet Konzernen Stillhalteabkommen an

Ulrich Rippert, 3. Februar 2020

In einem „Moratorium für einen fairen Wandel“ bietet die IG Metall den Konzernen ihre Zusammenarbeit beim Umbau der Metall- und Elektroindustrie und der Vernichtung von zehntausenden Arbeitsplätzen an.

Trump-Impeachment: Senat lehnt Zeugenbefragung ab

Andre Damon, 3. Februar 2020

Damit ist der Weg für einen Freispruch frei. In dem Amtsenthebungsverfahren ist es den Demokraten niemals um Trumps wirklich begangene Verbrechen, sondern um außenpolitische Differenzen gegangen.

Assange würde in den USA „in der dunkelsten Gefängnisecke“ verschwinden

Oscar Grenfell, 3. Februar 2020

Nach seiner Auslieferung an die USA würde der WikiLeaks-Gründer in extremer Isolation gefangen gehalten werden – unter Bedingungen, die normalerweise für verurteilte Terroristen gelten.

New in Spanish

Reino Unido abandona la Unión Europea: ¡contra todo nacionalismo, por los Estados Unidos Socialistas de Europa!

Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido), 1 febrero 2020

Los trabajadores y jóvenes en Reino Unido no deben orientarse al nacionalismo británico ni la UE, sino hacia el resurgimiento global creciente de las luchas de la clase obrera.

Edward Snowden advierte que los enjuiciamientos de Assange y Greenwald jalonan una nueva etapa en el ataque a la libertad de prensa

Oscar Grenfell, 1 febrero 2020

El denunciante de la NSA escribió: "El periodismo más esencial de cada época es precisamente aquel que un gobierno intenta silenciar. Estos enjuiciamientos demuestran que están dispuestos a parar las rotativas —si pueden".

La Organización Mundial de la Salud declara oficialmente “emergencia sanitaria global”

James Cogan, 1 febrero 2020

El anuncio se produjo el mismo día en que Rusia cerró su frontera con China y las autoridades confirmaron un contagio de humano a humano en Estados Unidos.

Las tensiones de guerra aumentan entre los poderes de la OTAN sobre Libia y el Mediterráneo

Alex Lantier, 1 febrero 2020

La conferencia de Berlín ha preparado el escenario no para la paz, sino solo para intensificar las intervenciones militares imperialistas para dividir las ganancias que se extraerán de Libia y de toda la región.

Elizabeth Warren hace llamado a la censura del Internet

Patrick Martin, 1 febrero 2020

Si bien nominalmente dirigida contra Rusia y los "trolls" de derechas, la propuesta abriría el camino a un ataque arrollador contra los derechos democráticos del pueblo estadounidense.

New in Portuguese

Opor-se às tentativas dos sindicatos franceses de estrangular a luta contra Macron!

Alex Lantier, 31 Janeiro 2020

Para se opor à sabotagem das greves contra Macron, é necessário construir comitês de ação, independentes dos sindicatos, e uma liderança revolucionária na classe trabalhadora.

New in Russian

Кремль назначает новый кабинет министров

Андреа Питерс, 29 января 2020 г.

Смена лиц в российском правительстве в основном касается министерских постов, связанных с социальной сферой и внутренней политикой.

New in Turkish

Vuhan koronavirüs salgını ve dünya çapında bulaşıcı hastalıklar tehdidi

Bryan Dyne, 29 Ocak 2020

Tıp bilimi, yeni virüsleri haftalar içinde tespit edip aylar içinde aşı geliştirebilecek kadar ilerlemiştir. Ancak, insanlığı küresel salgınlar tehdidine karşı savunmak, kapitalizmin yapmaktan aciz olduğu düzeyde bir planlamayı ve küresel işbirliğini gerektirmektedir.

New in Italian

Il significato del movimento delle Sardine in Italia

Marc Wells, 25 gennaio 2020

In meno di due mesi, il movimento delle Sardine, un'iniziativa sviluppata sui social media, ha mobilitato migliaia di manifestanti contro l'ex vice primo ministro di destra Matteo Salvini.

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Perspective

Amidst growth of class struggle, union membership in US falls to historic lows

4 February 2020

Workers entering into struggle all over the world increasingly see the unions as agents of management working against their interests.

Earlier Perspectives »

The New York Times' 1619 Project

A reply to the American Historical Review’s defense of the 1619 Project

By David North and Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2020

The disrespect expressed by editor Alex Lichtenstein toward leading historians reveals the extent to which racialist mythology, which has provided the “theoretical” foundation of middle-class identity politics, has been accepted, and even embraced, by a substantial section of the academic community as a legitimate basis for the teaching of American history.

My Response to Alex Lichtenstein Regarding the 1619 Project

By Victoria Bynum, 31 January 2020

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Students and young people speak out against war

4 February 2020

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality spoke to young people throughout the US about their experience with war and its consequences.

More than half of the world’s millennials fear a nuclear attack will happen in the next decade

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 February 2020

A recent International Committee of the Red Cross study, which surveyed 16,000 millennials in 16 different countries, found overwhelming hostility to war and militarism among youth.

Germany: Humboldt University students speak on the falsification of history and lessons from Auschwitz

By our reporters, 31 January 2020

Arts Review

Advocate (2019): “An angry, optimistic woman” in pursuit of justice for the Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 4 February 2020

Advocate exposes the bankruptcy of the pursuit of justice for the Palestinians through the Israeli courts.

Michael Apted’s 63 Up: The ninth film in the remarkable series

By Kevin Martinez, 3 February 2020

Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird: Sports and racial politics

By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2020

Workers Struggles

Washington DC transit authority proposes cuts in services in wake of 84-day bus drivers’ strike

By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2020

The proposal calls for fare hikes and the elimination of dozens of routes.

Ontario teachers broaden strike actions; Brazilian oil workers strike
Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 February 2020

Tens of thousands of teachers in Canada’s largest province are continuing their fight against the right wing government of Bill Ford, while workers at Brazil’s Petrobras have taken action over the privatization drive by the Bolsonaro administration.

Election 2020

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

Featured Commentary

The right-wing record of Jacinda Ardern’s government in New Zealand

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 3 February 2020

Labour’s decision to give the anti-immigrant NZ First Party a central role in government signalled a further shift towards nationalism and war preparations.

Book Review

An examination of the anti-immigrant campaign in early 20th century America
The Guarded Gate, by Daniel Okrent (Scribner, 2019)

By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2020

A century after the imposition of racist immigration quotas in the US, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism are once again on the rise in the US and around the world.

25 years ago: Russian miners strike

On February 8, 1995, more than 600,000 coal miners staged a one-day strike across Russia, shutting down mines from Sakhalin in the east to the Don River basin.

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50 years ago: Yugoslavia makes trade agreement with Common Market countries

On February 6, 1970, the government of Yugoslavia signed a three-year trade agreement with the European Economic Community, also referred to as the Common Market.

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75 years ago: At Yalta Conference, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin discuss post-war carve-up

On February 4, 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin gathered in the Crimean resort city of Yalta to begin negotiations on the carve-up of the world in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: New Zealand sends troops to Fiji to quell strike

On February 5, 1920, the Reform Party government of William Massey in New Zealand sent a contingent of 55 soldiers to Fiji to help the British colonial government suppress a strike of public employees.

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Commentary

Sanders surges in polls amidst attacks from media, Democratic Party establishment

By Jacob Crosse, 1 February 2020

Britain leaves the European Union: Against nationalism, For the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 31 January 2020

Swiss newspaper raises important questions about the Harvey Weinstein trial
Why will no one in the American media do the same?

By David Walsh, 30 January 2020

The New York Times attempts to discredit defense as Harvey Weinstein trial begins

The New York Times gloats over Harvey Weinstein’s misfortune

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Free Assange and Manning

Assange would be held in “darkest corner of the prison system” if extradited to the US

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 February 2020

Australia: Alice Springs group condemns silence of “Bring Assange Home” parliamentary group

By our reporters, 31 January 2020

“This ain’t a nice place to be: This ain’t Belmarsh, it’s Hellmarsh”
ITV documentary reveals conditions in prison holding WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Paul Bond, 30 January 2020

Edward Snowden warns that Assange and Greenwald prosecutions mark new stage in assault on press freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 January 2020

The prosecution of Glenn Greenwald and the global war on free speech

How Canada’s corporate media smeared WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange

By Roger Jordan, 30 January 2020

Rallies in Australia and NZ to demand freedom for Assange and Manning. No to US extradition!

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020

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

By Richard Hoffman, 15 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Science

Latest UN plan to address catastrophic decline in biodiversity—more empty platitudes

By Philip Guelpa, 1 February 2020

Earth faces the sixth mass extinction of life on the planet, and all the capitalist system can provide is another toothless document.

History

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Seventy-five years after World War II: The ideological preparations for fascism and war
IYSSE holds second meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 28 January 2020

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

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

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

“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

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 »

Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

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.

Socialist Equality Party

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

More on autoworkers struggles »

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