Democratic rights

Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange

By our reporters, 15 June 2019

Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two “Yellow Vest” protestors from France.

NYPD disciplinary trial of cop who killed Eric Garner concludes

By Sandy English, 15 June 2019

Final briefs were submitted in the NYPD’s trial of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death in Staten Island in 2014.

UK home secretary signs US extradition request for Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 14 June 2019

The move, coming just one day before Assange’s first extradition hearing, makes clear the British government’s intent to hand the journalist over to his persecutors in Washington.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee’s habeas corpus appeal

By Trévon Austin, 14 June 2019

The court’s refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.

UK police seek to prosecute 1,130 Extinction Rebellion climate change protestors

By Alice Summers, 13 June 2019

The moves against peaceful climate protesters are aimed at criminalizing political dissent.

Alabama governor signs chemical castration bill into law

By Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2019

The mandate, ostensibly to protect children from rape, follows the recent enactment of an Alabama law that prohibits abortion in the vast majority of sexual assault and incest cases.

Australian Labor Party’s hypocrisy on police media raids exposed

By Mike Head, 12 June 2019

The opposition Labor Party has joined hands with the ruling Coalition to pass legislation handing unprecedented powers to the police and intelligence agencies.

Australian journalist calls on colleagues to defend Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 June 2019

Andrew Fowler warned: “If Assange is left to swing in the breeze, it will be an open invitation for any journalist, anywhere in the world, to be extradited to the US.”

US issues formal request for Assange’s extradition

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 June 2019

The Trump administration is pressing ahead with its attempt to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder over his role in the exposure of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

German Interior Ministry attacks press freedom

By Gregor Link, 11 June 2019

Under the guise of the new secret service law, the uncovering of state crimes and preparations for dictatorship in Germany is now to be criminalized.

Trump expands network of immigrant concentration camps

By Eric London, 11 June 2019

The Democratic Party is facilitating Trump’s escalation of attacks on immigrant workers as well as his moves toward unchecked presidential power.

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

11 June 2019

The protests will demand that the Australian government take immediate action to prevent the WikiLeaks founder's extradition to the US and secure his complete freedom.

Australian police chief links media raids to US-led “Five Eyes” spy network

By Mike Head, 8 June 2019

Gaughan’s statement points to the targeting of journalists in order to cover up Washington’s preparations for wars and mass political surveillance.

“Is there going to be a future for journalism?”

Australian media workers denounce police raids

By our correspondents, 8 June 2019

ABC workers spoke of their shock and alarm at the arrival of federal police in their building.

Free Reis Morris! Grenfell Tower campaigner imprisoned while those guilty of social murder walk free

the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 June 2019

Morris’s jailing is a vicious act of class justice aimed at suppressing opposition and protecting those responsible for 72 deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno two years ago.

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.

Three immigrants die in US custody in three days

By Niles Niemuth, 6 June 2019

Immigrants are being subjected to inhumane treatment all along the line, guaranteeing that there will be more deaths in federal detention centers across the US.

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

By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2019

Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

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

By Kevin Reed, 6 June 2019

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.

The global war on journalism

By Mike Head, 6 June 2019

The arrest of Julian Assange has set a precedent for the state persecution of journalists, triggering police raids in Australia and France against reporters documenting government crimes and corruption.

Australian Federal Police raid journalists over exposures of government spying, war crimes

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 June 2019

The raids, targeting a News Corp journalist and the Sydney offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, are part of an expanding assault on democratic rights and press freedom.

New Hampshire legislature abolishes death penalty, overriding governor’s veto

By Kate Randall, 5 June 2019

Half of all US states, plus the District of Columbia, have now abolished the death penalty or imposed a moratorium on executions.

US requiring visa applicants to reveal social media information

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2019

The implementation of the new “extreme vetting” policy is another step in the Trump administration’s war against immigrants.

Australian government forces refugees back to face repression in Sri Lanka

By Max Newman, 5 June 2019

At least 20 more asylum seekers have been detained by the Australian navy and deported to Sri Lanka to face possible torture and imprisonment.

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

4 June 2019

The leftward movement of workers and youth can find no means of expression within the present political framework. It must be developed into a conscious political movement, based on a socialist perspective.

Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019

The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law.

Protests in London and Edinburgh demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 3 June 2019

A protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday was organised via social media and endorsed by the Julian Assange Defence Committee.

Sydney Peace Prize recipients demand Australian government defend Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019

The statement was a powerful indictment of the Australian political and media establishment, which has abandoned the WikiLeaks founder or openly participated in his persecution.

Democratic governor signs Louisiana fetal “heartbeat” abortion ban

By Kate Randall, 31 May 2019

Louisiana is the fifth state to pass bans on abortions based on detection of a fetal heartbeat, following Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.

Australia: Children detained in adult watch houses in Queensland

By John Harris, 31 May 2019

Children as young as ten have been held in maximum security facilities, where they have been subjected to horrific abuses.

On the spot report: Protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court demands freedom for gravely ill Julian Assange

By our reporters, 31 May 2019

Around 100 people demonstrated outside Westminster Magistrates Court Thursday morning to oppose US extradition proceedings targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Despite Assange’s ill health, Swedish court rejects delay to hearing

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 May 2019

The ruling is the latest example of the international legal vendetta being perpetrated against the WikiLeaks founder.

Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?

By Andre Damon, 29 May 2019

The DSA and its affiliated publication Jacobin have maintained a complicit silence on Assange’s indictment under the Espionage Act.

Chicago police kill bipolar man inside his home

By Andy Thompson, 28 May 2019

Myles Frazier was shot and killed after he barricaded himself in his home in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the city’s south side.

Australian government, Labor opposition silent on espionage charges against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 May 2019

Labor and the Coalition are signalling their support for the US-led persecution of Assange, for his exposure of war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

Actor Geoffrey Rush awarded record payout in defamation damages

By Linda Tenenbaum, 25 May 2019

The Oscar-winning actor was granted a total of nearly $2.9 million, in general and special damages, due to the Murdoch media’s defamatory articles.

German Social Democrats and “The Left” strengthen domestic security agency

By Markus Salzmann, 25 May 2019

In addition to an increase in domestic secret service staff, the state government wants to strengthen the use of police informers and limit parliamentary control.

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism

By Andre Damon, 24 May 2019

The Trump administration’s persecution of Assange is a historic attack on the First Amendment of the US constitution, for which the media and the Democratic Party share responsibility.

An appeal to young people

Defend the right to tell the truth! Defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 24 May 2019

The following statement is being distributed today at climate change protests across the UK.

Swedish hearing to extradite Julian Assange delayed until June 3

By Mike Head, 22 May 2019

The Swedish allegations, first issued in 2010, are aimed at blackening the WikiLeaks founder’s name and devising a mechanism to have him dragged off to the US.

Thousands rally across the US to defend abortion rights

By our reporters, 22 May 2019

The number of demonstrations reflect the broad popular support for the right of women to choose and in defense of democratic rights more generally.

Protests erupt across US over barbaric anti-abortion ban in Alabama

By Valery Tsekov, 21 May 2019

The most significant of theses protests took place in Alabama and in Kansas City, Missouri, where a similar bill has been passed.

Trump administration shipping immigrants to sanctuary cities as fifth child dies in ICE custody

By Norisa Diaz, 21 May 2019

Trump is seeking to further inundate processing centers and jails to justify the border wall as the fifth Guatemalan child has died in ICE custody since December.

On the spot report: Ecuador’s government colludes with Washington to seize Julian Assange’s possessions

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 21 May 2019

Supporters of Assange began gathering by 8 a.m. yesterday outside the embassy to witness and denounce the search and seizure.

060 US neo-Nazi update

21 May 2019

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

the WSWS editorial board, 21 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are distributing this statement at demonstrations across the US on Tuesday to defend the right to an abortion.

010 Media silence on Manning

20 May 2019

Missouri becomes the latest state to pass punitive anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 20 May 2019

Trump's appointment of two anti-abortion justices to the high court has emboldened anti-abortion zealots, who hope this action will shift the court in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court justices battle over execution delays

By John Burton, 20 May 2019

In opinions last week, the three most extreme right-wing Supreme Court justices lashed out at two fellow members of the five-vote right-wing bloc.

The assault on the Venezuelan embassy

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2019

The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

“I would rather starve to death than change my opinion”

Chelsea Manning jailed again after refusing to testify against WikiLeaks

By Niles Niemuth, 17 May 2019

Manning has courageously insisted on principle that she will never testify before any grand jury about her possible contacts with Assange and WikiLeaks or anything else.

030 Death penalty conflict on US Supreme Court

17 May 2019

Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic

By Isaac Finn, 17 May 2019

The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.

George Galloway tried to become Brexit Party candidate—and failed

By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2019

Galloway’s failed attempt to represent Nigel Farage’s party is indicative of how an entire layer of ex-Stalinists and the pseudo-left have become part of a new right.

Speech by Oscar Grenfell

Millions in Australia “view Assange as a hero who is being attacked for revealing the truth.”

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 May 2019

We are publishing here the speech of Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and national convenor of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, at the May 12 meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Clara Campos of the Julian Assange Defence Committee:

“We must act now in mobilising to free him. He is one of us.”

By Clara Campos, 17 May 2019

We are publishing here the remarks of Clara Campos, a representative of the Julian Assange Defence Committee, who spoke at the May 12 meeting in London in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Torture report reveals German authorities’ brutal methods during deportations

By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2019

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture detailed methods that are both brutal and shocking.

Right-wing outcry over student protest against anti-Muslim “headscarf conference” at German university

16 May 2019

Legitimate criticisms of right-wing and racist positions are criminalised and denounced as “attacks on academic freedom” and “ideological terror.”

Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2019

The purpose of the law is to give the new right-wing majority on the US Supreme Court the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Trump planning nationwide military round-up of 10,000 immigrants

By Eric London, 15 May 2019

The unprecedented scope of the raid would require de facto martial law and serve as a test run for the mass arrest and detention of political dissidents.

“The IYSSE will redouble its efforts to build a mass movement of young people in Assange’s defence”

By Alice Summers, 15 May 2019

We are publishing the speech of the IYSSE representative at the May 12 meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Hunter “Meet the Candidates” Forum exposes major parties

By our reporters, 15 May 2019

SEP candidate Max Boddy said that “the elephant in this election campaign is the deafening silence on the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.”

Australia: Rally to defend Julian Assange held in Broadmeadows, Melbourne

By our reporters, 14 May 2019

The event drew a small but determined crowd of SEP members and supporters, local workers, and WikiLeaks’ supporters.

Illinois passes bill criminalizing infrastructure-related protests

By Benjamin Mateus and Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2019

15 such bills, driven largely by oil and energy corporations through the pro-business think-tank ALEC, have already been enacted nationally, while 26 are pending.

US indicts whistleblower who exposed Obama’s drone assassination program

By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2019

Former US intelligence officer Daniel Hale was indicted and arrested on Thursday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

Free Assange NZ denounces hypocrisy at World Press Freedom Day event

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2019

Alex Hills from Free Assange New Zealand condemned the British government’s “brazen hypocrisy” and called on the media to “end the smears and lies about an anti-war hero.”

Video: Workers at SEP rally in Parramatta denounce persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 9 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party won strong support from workers and youth at its rally demanding the immediate release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and US whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

By Eric London, 8 May 2019

Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.

“We need to save his life. That’s how serious it is”

Pamela Anderson and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief visit Julian Assange in prison

By Laura Tiernan, 8 May 2019

Anderson condemned the state persecution of her friend as a “misrule of law in operation.”

“We want him to come to graduation!”

Arizona students demand release of classmate detained by immigration agents

By Norisa Diaz, 8 May 2019

Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.

Georgia governor signs “heartbeat” anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 8 May 2019

The “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act” marks a new stage in an orchestrated campaign to outlaw abortion.

The extreme right in the European elections

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2019

The growth of the extreme right is the result of the systematic political, ideological and organisational support provided by the media, the establishment parties and the state.

UK government seeks to deny legal aid to Shamima Begum

By Paul Bond, 8 May 2019

Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked Begum’s British citizenship last year, leaving her and her new-born baby stranded in appalling conditions and stateless.

Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.

Former Australian PM denounces anti-China witch-hunt of intelligence agencies

Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 8 May 2019

Paul Keating’s outburst highlights the degree to which Australia and its military and security agencies have been integrated into the US war drive against China.

Betraying my principles is “a much worse prison than the government can construct”

After nearly two months in jail, Chelsea Manning submits powerful appeal for release

By Niles Niemuth, 7 May 2019

Manning has been detained for contempt of court after she refused to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange.

Democrats line up behind Trump’s war on immigrants

NY Times demands: “Give Trump his border money”

By Kevin Martinez, 7 May 2019

With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.

Video: At Sydney rally Assange’s father demands Australian government secure son’s release

7 May 2019

Two days after Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail, protesters rallied in Sydney’s Martin Place.

Britain: National Union of Journalists World Press Freedom Day event ignores Julian Assange

By Paul Mitchell, 7 May 2019

At the NUJ’s World Press Freedom Day event, there was not a single mention of Assange by any of the speakers on the platform, all of whom claimed to be champions of press freedom.

020 Attacks on immigrants in the US

6 May 2019

Macron government fabrication of “yellow vest” hospital attack in Paris collapses

By Will Morrow, 4 May 2019

The government’s crude fabrication was aimed at casting the “yellow vest” protests as criminal and morally reprehensible, and justifying police state violence.

Protesters oppose US extradition proceedings against Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2019

The British government and the judiciary are doing everything possible to facilitate the US capture of the journalist who has been found guilty of nothing more than a bail offence.

“Today’s protest is a symbol of the fight for freedom”

French Yellow Vests join Assange extradition protest in London

By our reporters, 3 May 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to demonstrators outside Westminster Magistrates Court protesting plans to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the US.

Austrian government ties welfare payments to German language skills

By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2019

The targets of the cuts are mainly foreigners and those with large families.

In violation of international law

Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2019

Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.

Liberal and Labor compete in stoking anti-refugee scare-mongering

Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 1 May 2019

The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.

US government tries to distance itself from border militia

By Trévon Austin, 30 April 2019

The arrest of Larry Hopkins was carried out to mask the fact that militia groups act as auxiliary arms of Border Patrol.

On Australian TV, Julian Assange’s father calls for son’s freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 April 2019

John Shipton warned that his son’s persecution was “to demonstrate that publishers and whistleblowers will be destroyed.”

“Assange can only be defended by an international movement of the working class”

Christoph Vandreier speaks at Berlin rally to defend Julian Assange

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier, Deputy National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany and a candidate in the European elections, addressed a rally in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in Berlin in defense of the Wikileaks publisher.

UN official visits Julian Assange, investigating Ecuador’s illegal surveillance

By Mike Head, 26 April 2019

Confronted by worldwide protests and petitions, the British government felt compelled to grant the UN access to the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder.

UK: May unable to stem Tory crisis over Brexit, but still propped up by Corbyn

By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2019

For Corbyn’s faction, the political function of these talks over Brexit is to side-line a discussion on the political crisis facing the government that could precipitate a general election.

International finance backs Socialist Party in Spain’s April 28 elections

By Alejandro López, 26 April 2019

European Union sources are warning of prolonged political instability and looking to the PSOE and Podemos for an answer.

Australian mining magnate renews his fraudulent populist pitch

Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 26 April 2019

While feigning sympathy for working people, billionaire Clive Palmer is bankrolling an election blitz by his so-called United Australia Party.

Germany: SGP European election campaign wins support for Julian Assange in Stuttgart

By our reporters, 26 April 2019

Teams from the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) recently spoke with workers and youth in Stuttgart, inviting them to its April 27 election meeting and distributed WSWS material calling for freedom for Julian Assange.

Protest in London’s Parliament Square demands release of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 25 April 2019

The lively demonstration organised by the Julian Assange Defence Campaign was supported by the Socialist Equality Party and World Socialist Web Site.

Pennsylvania woman killed in factory meat grinder

By Tom Eley, 25 April 2019

Jill Greninger, 35, was working alone when the accident took place.

Australian rugby player Israel Folau challenges sacking over social media posts

By John Braddock, 25 April 2019

The moves to sack Folau over his social media posts are an attack on the player’s basic rights and on freedom of speech.

The Australian government must act to free Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 25 April 2019

Assange’s brutal arrest and the attempts to extradite him to the US are an attack on the working class.

Julian Assange was denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain’s Belmarsh prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 April 2019

The reported denial of the WikiLeaks founder’s right to consult his legal counsel, for over a week, casts grave doubt that he will be afforded due process.

CIA Democrats enter the race: Seth Moulton announces bid for presidential nomination

By Tom Eley, 24 April 2019

The congressman is virtually unknown to voters, but he is a leading figure among the CIA Democrats.