7 December 2019

Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection’s lies in death of teenage immigrant

By Adam Mclean, 7 December 2019

The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.

GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 December 2019

The contract makes clear that the so-called “pathway” to regular employment in the contract highlights touted by the UAW is a fraud.

UAW sanctions “perma-temps” in Fiat-Chrysler tentative agreement

Maoist union leaders isolate striking Motherson autoworkers in India

A socialist response to the global jobs massacre in the auto industry

More on autoworkers struggles »

Saudi airman kills four at US Naval Base in Florida

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2019

The mass shooting at the base in Pensacola was the second such incident at a US Navy facility in the space of barely 48 hours.

Ukraine: Three-year-old boy killed in attempted political assassination by the far right

By Jason Melanovski, 6 December 2019

The killing of a three-year-old demonstrates that far-right forces in Ukraine are being given free rein to carry out targeted political assassinations.

Canadian parliament reconvenes following formation of Liberal minority government

By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2019

The initial actions of the new government underscore that Trudeau’s second term will be characterized by a further turn to the right on foreign and domestic policy, and an intensified reliance on the unions and NDP for “progressive” cover.

Uranium contaminated site collapsed into the Detroit River during the Thanksgiving holiday

By Kevin Reed, 7 December 2019

The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill potentially affecting Detroit’s drinking water until a report was published this week by a local paper across the river in Windsor, Ontario.

Harvard University retaliates against striking graduate students

By Kate Randall, 7 December 2019

Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.

Harvard University graduate student union begins strike over pay, conditions

Ontario teachers strike against government assault on public education

Thousands of teachers strike in Croatia

Northern Virginia transit worker strike spreads as 600 Fairfax Connector workers join 130 Metrobus workers on strike against Transdev

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2019

The ATU is seeking to limit the Fairfax Connector strike as much as possible, stating that the strike is over “unfair labor practices” and “bad faith bargaining” committed by the Company. It has offered no official demands.

United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate
Union sellouts endorse the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 6 December 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

South Florida UPS driver, motorist killed in reckless police shootout in rush hour traffic

By Matthew Taylor, 7 December 2019

At least nineteen police officers fire 200 rounds into a UPS delivery truck which had been hijacked after a jewelry store heist, killing the driver, the two carjackers and an nearby motorist.

US farmer suicides on the rise as Trump’s trade war, extreme weather hit hard

By Anthony Bertolt, 7 December 2019

Farm debt in the US stands at a combined $416 billion, which is an all-time high, and more than half of all farmers have lost money every year since 2013.

Over 2 million Americans don’t have access to indoor plumbing or water, report finds

Following police shooting in Yuendumu
Australian governments reject calls for removal of armed police from Aboriginal settlements

By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2019

With about 30 percent of its population being indigenous, the Northern Territory is Australia’s most heavily-policed state or territory.

Australian cities bathed in smoke from hundreds of bushfires

By Martin Scott, 7 December 2019

Fires in four states have destroyed homes and caused hazardous air pollution.

PG&E failed to do inspections and maintenance on power lines for years, report finds

6 December 2019

1.5 million march amid mass strike in France against austerity and inequality

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 December 2019

French public sector strike: Build independent committees of action for political struggle against Macron

Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2019

Impeachment hearing opens with Democratic Party blast against Russia

US Attorney General William Barr’s brief for presidential dictatorship

Trump’s war crime pardons: Cultivating a fascistic base in the military

Colombian trade unions working with President Duque to shut down national strike movement

By Evan Blake, 6 December 2019

Pompeo vows intervention against “riots” in Washington’s “own backyard”

US prepares to deploy thousands more troops against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2019

Seton Hall Law School report exposes new details of CIA torture program

By Kevin Reed, 6 December 2019

Sri Lankan president prorogues parliament to try to consolidate his rule

By Saman Gunadasa, 6 December 2019

SPD youth leader defends Germany’s grand coalition government

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 December 2019

Labour’s election pledges no answer to UK’s housing crisis

By Paul Bond, 6 December 2019

Papua New Guinea: Voting under way in Bougainville independence referendum

By John Braddock, 6 December 2019

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства выдвигает кандидатов на всеобщих выборах в Великобритании

От нашего корреспондента, 7 декабря 2019 г.

ПСР ведет политическую борьбу против мер жесткой экономии, авторитарного правления, милитаризма и войны.

New in Turkish

NATO zirvesine devletler arasında artan anlaşmazlıklar yön verdi

Alex Lantier, 7 Aralık 2019

Washington ile onun başlıca Avrupalı müttefikleri arasında ticari ve askeri politika üzerine var olan patlayıcı anlaşmazlıklar, bu hafta Londra’da düzenlenen NATO zirvesinde patlak verdi.

New in Norwegian

1,5 millioner marsjerte og titusener streiket i Frankrike, mot innsparinger og sosial ulikhet

Anthony Torres og Alex Lantier, 7. desember 2019

Titusenvis av jernbanearbeidere og ansatte i offentlig sektor og utdanningsvesenet gikk til streik mot den franske presidenten Emanuel Macrons planer om å kutte pensjonene.

USA forbereder utplassering av tusenvis flere tropper mot Iran

Bill Van Auken, 7. desember 2019

Mens Pentagon benektet en rapport om at ytterligere 14 000 tropper blir sendt til Persiabukta, gjorde forsvardepartementet det klart at en større opptrapping diskuteres.

Mehring Books’ sesongtilbudBolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition – Oversetterens forord

7. desember 2019

Under sesongens tilbudsperiode [‘Holiday Sale ’] tilbyr Mehring Books dette bindet, nylig utgitt for første gang på engelsk, til sterkt reduserte priser, der versjonen med svart-hvitt fotografier tilbys for $ 15 og den delvis med fargefotografier for $ 20 .

New in German

Die Socialist Equality Party im britischen Wahlkampf

unseren Korrespondenten, 7. Dezember 2019

In den vorgezogenen britischen Parlamentswahlen vom 12. Dezember ist die SEP die einzige Partei, die Julian Assange offen verteidigt.

Rechte Hetze gegen Literaturnobelpreisträger Peter Handke

Bernd Reinhardt und Peter Schwarz, 7. Dezember 2019

Die Tiraden gegen Handke gleichen dem Gezeter von Verbrechern, die versuchen, ihre eigenen Spuren zu verwischen.

Frankreich: 1,5 Millionen Demonstranten und Zehntausende von Streikenden protestieren gegen Austerität und Ungleichheit

Alex Lantier, 7. Dezember 2019

Zehntausende Bahnarbeiter, Beschäft...von Präsident Macron.

WSWS-Interview mit WikiLeaks-Herausgeber Kristinn Hrafnsson
„Wenn Julian auf diese Teufelsinsel jenseits des Atlantik verschleppt wird, ist sein Leben verloren“

Oscar Grenfell und Richard Phillips, 7. Dezember 2019

„Der Fall Julian Assange“, so Hrafnsson in dem WSWS-Interview, „ist in jedem Fall der Wendepunkt. Es ist seit Jahrzehnten, wenn nicht seit 100 Jahren der größte und bedenklichste Angriff auf den Journalismus und die Pressefreiheit.“

Trump streicht Lebensmittelhilfe

Kate Randall, 7. Dezember 2019

Vergangenen Mittwoch kündigte die Trump-Regierung eine rechtliche Neuregelung an, durch die rund 700.000 Menschen unmittelbar die Unterstützung durch das staatliche Lebensmittelhilfe-Programm verlieren.

New in French

Au sommet de Londres, Trump attaque les critiques de Macron à l’égard de l’OTAN

Alex Lantier, 5 décembre 2019

Des conflits acerbes entre les États-Unis et les principaux pouvoirs européens ont éclaté au grand jour mardi, au début du sommet de l’OTAN à Londres.

Grève du 5 décembre: construisons des comités d’action indépendants pour mener la lutte politique contre Macron!

Anthony Torres, 5 décembre 2019

La grève du 5 décembre fait partie d’une vaste résurgence internationale de la lutte des classes qu’il faut organiser indépendamment des appareils syndicaux.

Allemagne: la conférence du parti d'extrême droite AfD renforce «l’Aile» nationaliste-raciale

Peter Swcharz, 5 décembre 2019

Dans l’AfD d’extrême droite, le groupe nationaliste-racial de l’« Aile » autour de Björn Höcke et Andreas Kalbitz s’est renforcé à l’issue de la conférence fédérale du parti

Les nationalistes catalans négocient un soutien au gouvernement espagnol dirigé par le PSOE

Alejandro López, 5 décembre 2019

Les partis nationalistes catalans négocient avec les sociaux-démocrates, alors même que ceux-ci attaquent les manifestations de masse en Catalogne et ciblent les partis nationalistes.

Les enseignants des écoles secondaires de l'Ontario organisent une grève d'une journée

Roger Jordan, 5 décembre 2019

Plus de 60.000 enseignants du secondaire de l'Ontario faisaient grève mercredi pour s'opposer aux compressions radicales que le gouvernement conservateur provincial impose à l'éducation et à leurs conditions d'emploi.

New in Spanish

Los trabajadores de Fiat Chrysler se enfrentan al UAW, una “empresa controlada por FCA”

Por Jerry White, 5 diciembre 2019

Las concesiones de los trabajadores de GM y Ford fueron impuestas por el sindicato United Auto Workers, el cual fue descrito en una denuncia legal de GM como una organización “comprada” por Fiat Chrysler.

Trump denuncia las críticas de Macron a la OTAN en la cumbre de Londres

Por Alex Lantier, 5 diciembre 2019

Afloraron ayer a la superficie conflictos resentidos entre los Estados Unidos y las principales potencias europeas, al arrancar la cumbre de dos días de la OTAN en Londres.

Atlantique: la cruel fortuna de la juventud africana

Por Joanne Laurier, 5 diciembre 2019

Atlantique, es un film emocionante y muy recordable, que trata de manera fantástica la juventud senegalesa perdida en el mar cuando toman viajes largos y peligrosos a Europa por razones económicas, así como a los que quedan atrás.

Perspectivas para la próxima revolución en Norteamérica: raza, clase y la lucha por el socialismo

Por Joe Kishore, 5 diciembre 2019

Esta es una versión editada de un informe entregado por el Secretario Nacional del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad, Joseph Kishore, a reuniones en Michigan y California sobre el "Proyecto 1619" del New York Times.

New in Portuguese

Cresce onda de apoio ao editor do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 2 Dezembro 2019

A onda de apoio a Assange é um golpe bem-vindo à conspiração de silêncio em torno de sua perseguição, que é imposta por governos, partidos do establishment e pela mídia corporativa em todo o mundo.

Bolsonaro lança programa Verde e Amarelo para impulsionar “competitividade”

Tomas Castanheira, 2 Dezembro 2019

O próprio presidente brasileiro admitiu que o programa de emprego, que faz referência às cores nacionais, possui o objetivo de “reduzir os custos da mão de obra” para atrair investimentos.

New in Chinese

数十万人走上香港街头抗议

作者: Peter Symonds, 2019年11月29日

昨天,超过五十万人走上香港的街头抗议市政府的反民主举措,并纪念1971年7月1日这个英国把其前殖民地移交给中国的日子。

总罢工标志着工人阶级加入香港的抗议之中

作者: Peter Symonds, 2019年11月29日

在这场被政府的引渡法律触发的日益扩大的群众性抗议里,香港工人在星期一的总罢工标志着一个新的阶段。来自各行各业的上万名工人——包括铁路、机场、公共事务,工程,建筑,金融和银行——参与了抗议。这些抗议干扰中断了这座城市的交通系统,并限制了其国际机场的运作。

New in Bengali

ভারতে মাদারসন মোটরগাড়ি শ্রমিকদের ধর্মঘটকে মাওবাদী ইউনিয়ন নেতৃত্ব ক্রমাগত বিচ্ছিন্ন করে রাখছেবাবরি মসজিদ ধ্বংসের বিচার ভারতের সুপ্রিম কোর্ট হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী হিংসাকে বৈধতা দিল

Keith Jones, ১১ নভেম্বর ২০১৯

উত্তর প্রদেশের অযোধ্যায় একটি বিখ্যাত মসজিদকে ধ্বংস করতে এবং তার জায়গায় পৌরাণিক হিন্দু দেবতা শ্রীরামের একটি মন্দির গড়তে ভারতের শাসক দল ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি) এবং তাদের হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী মিত্ররা দশকের পর দশক ধরে যে হিংসার আশ্রয় নিয়েছে, গত শনিবারের এক আদেশে, ভারতের সর্বোচ্চ আদালত সেই হিংসাকে ন্যায্য বলে শিলমোহর দিয়েছে।

New in Telugu

భారతదేశంలోని తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రంలో సమ్మె చేస్తున్న రవాణా కార్మికులపై పోలీసు హింస, 5,000 మందికి పైగా అరెస్టు

క్రాంతి కుమార, 11 నవంబర్ 2019

48,000 మంది తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర రోడ్డు రవాణా సంస్థ (ఆర్టీసీ) కార్మికులు ఐదు వారాలుగా సమ్మె చేస్తున్నారు. ఆ సమ్మెకు నాయకత్వం వహిస్తున్న కార్మిక ఐక్య కార్యాచరణ కమిటీ (జేఏసీ) నాయకులతో సహా 5,000 మందికి పైగా కార్మికులను శుక్రవారం తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వం"ముందస్తు జాగ్రత్తగా అదుపులోకి" (“preventive custody”) తీసుకుంది.

New in Arabic

الأصول السياسية وتداعيات انشقاق اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة خلال 1982- 1986

By بقلم دافيد نورث, ٢ آب أغسطس ٢٠١٩

هذه محاضرة قدمها دافيد نورث في افتتاح المدرسة الصيفية لحزب المساواة الاشتراكية في الولايات المتحدة في 21 يوليو/ تموز 2019 . نورث هو الرئيس الوطني لحزب المساواة الاشتراكية وهو رئيس مجلس تحرير موقع الاشتراكية العالمية .

حمام الدم في بغداد

١٩ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

ارتفع عدد القتلى في الاحتجاجات الجماهيرية التي هزت العراق خلال الأسابيع السبعة الماضية إلى أكثر من 330 ، مع ما يقدر بنحو خمسة عشر ألف جريح. واصل الشباب العراقيين التدفق إلى الشوارع في تحد للقمع العنيف للضغط على مطالبهم بالوظائف والمساواة الاجتماعية ووضع حد للنظام السياسي الفاسد الذي أوجده الاحتلال الأمريكي الذي أعقب الغزو الأمريكي الإجرامي عام 2003.

الولايات المتحدة تعلن أن المستوطنات الإسرائيلية لم تعد غير قانونية

By بقلم جين شاعول, ١٩ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

أعلن وزير الخارجية مايك بومبيو يوم الاثنين أن الولايات المتحدة لم تعد تنظر إلى المستوطنات الإسرائيلية على الأراضي الفلسطينية التي تم الاستيلاء عليها خلال الحرب العربية الإسرائيلية عام 1967باعتبارها غير قانونية.

جنود إسرائيليون سابقون يقومون بجولة في الولايات المتحدة لإستنكار احتلال الأراضي الفلسطينية

By بقلم فريد مازليس, ١٢ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

تقوم مجموعة من الجنود الإسرائيليين السابقين في خضم جولة أمريكية للتحدث عن حقيقة الاحتلال الطويل الأمد للأراضي الفلسطينية. تم تنظيم الجولة ، التي بدأت في فيلادلفيا الأسبوع الماضي ، من قبل "كسر الصمت" ، وهي منظمة من الجنود المخضرمين الذين "أخذوا على عاتقهم تعريض الجمهور لواقع الحياة اليومية في الأراضي المحتلة".

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Perspective

The way forward for the mass strike in France

7 December 2019

The working class faces a fight to bring down the Macron government, drawing into struggle ever broader layers of workers and youth in France and internationally.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

Workers must adopt a socialist internationalist program to oppose Sri Lanka’s authoritarian, communalist Rajapakse regime

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 December 2019

Rajapakse’s aim is to secure the two-thirds parliamentary majority necessary to repeal a key constitutional amendment and give the president sweeping authoritarian powers.

Former head of German Secret Service publishes fascist manifesto

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 7 December 2019

Maassen’s article contains a thinly-veiled call for building a fascist movement to crush working class opposition to social inequality and militarism.

Trump administration food stamp cuts spell hunger and destitution for millions

By Kate Randall, 6 December 2019

Nearly 700,000 to lose food stamp benefits under new Trump Administration rule

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Perspectives for the coming revolution in America: Race, class and the fight for socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2019

“When the Declaration says that all men are created equal, that is no myth”
An interview with historian Gordon Wood on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 28 November 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

Audio recording refutes Hannah-Jones’ claim that she was falsely quoted by the World Socialist Web Site

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

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (UK) candidate Chris Marsden speaks on Kashmir and Palestine at Sheffield mosque hustings

By our reporter, 7 December 2019

Marsden told the attentive audience, “Kashmir has been a terrible victim of the partition of India on religious and communal lines.”

Attend Socialist Equality Party election rally in London!

6 December 2019

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) invites all workers and young people to attend our final election rally being held in London this Sunday December 8 at 2 p.m.

“You are the luckiest generation in history because you have the opportunity to change the world”
Warm reception for SEP candidate Chris Marsden at Sheffield student meeting

Socialist Equality Party announces candidates in UK general election

By our reporter, 18 November 2019

Socialist Equality Party to stand in UK general election: No to austerity, militarism and war! Free Julian Assange! For class struggle and socialist internationalism!

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 November 2019

The Socialist Equality Party will stand candidates in the December 12 UK general election to wage a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Fund Appeal

World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North appeals for support

The WSWS is launching its 2019-2020 New Year's fund appeal. Watch the appeal and donate today.

Mehring Books

Mehring Books Holiday Sale feature
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition—Translator’s Foreword

6 December 2019

During its Holiday Sale, Mehring Books is offering this volume at a sharply reduced price of $15 for the black and white version or $20 for the color version.

Christoph Vandreier and David North to speak at Sydney Gleebooks launch of Why Are They Back?

27 November 2019

Vandreier’s and North’s discussion will focus on the historical lessons that must be learned in order to build a mass working class movement capable of preventing the disaster of Nazism from taking place on an even greater scale today.

Free Assange and Manning

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks at Melbourne forum in defence of Assange

By Eric Ludlow, 7 December 2019

In an indication of growing support for Assange, the forum was attended by over 100 people and addressed by two prominent lawyers and an academic.

Assange is facing a “new form of forced rendition”
WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson addresses the Australian press club

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson: “If Julian is taken to that Devil’s Island across the Atlantic, his life is lost”

French public sector strikers call to free Julian Assange

By Alex Lantier and V. Gnana, 6 December 2019

Meeting of Australian teachers passes resolutions in defence of Julian Assange

Australian teenagers call for support for Julian Assange

Doctors condemn failure of British government to answer letter demanding medical care for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 5 December 2019

An open letter from doctors: Julian Assange “could die in prison”

Doctors’ open letter defending Julian Assange wins global support

The significance of the doctors’ open letter in defence of Julian Assange

Mueller probe accessed the Google account of Assange supporter Somerset Bean

By Kevin Reed, 5 December 2019

Halt the extradition of Julian Assange!
CIA spying on Assange’s lawyers exposes criminal operation against WikiLeaks founder

Protesters against London NATO summit speak in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 4 December 2019

Opposing NATO and Trump means fighting to free Julian Assange!

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Stop the US extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange! Free Assange and Manning!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Workers Struggles

Vote “no” on the FCA contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 7 December 2019

The United Auto Workers is seeking to ram through a sellout contract at Fiat Chrysler which will lay the basis for the expanded use of temporary workers, further attacks on health care and integrate the union even more closely with corporate management.

Indian oil workers strike against privatisation: Auto workers in Haryana protest in solidarity with striking Honda contract workers
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

7 December 2019

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

German Amazon workers walk out; Zimbabwe doctors and public sector continue 13-week stoppage
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 December 2019

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

Thousands of Sri Lankan estate workers strike over workloads and wages

By M. Thevarajah and K. Kandipan, 5 December 2019

UK: South West Rail workers begin month-long strike to defend jobs and conditions.

By Robert Stevens, 4 December 2019

Australia: Vote ‘no’ to the NSWTF salaries agreement! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education

By the Committee For Public Education, 4 December 2019

Teamsters for a Democratic Union endorses ex-Hoffa lieutenant for union president

By Steve Filips and Tom Hall, 28 November 2019

After union surrenders, Telangana mobilizes police to bar “fired” TSRTC workers’ return

By Kranti Kumara, 28 November 2019

Arts Review

On the centenary of the composer Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996)

By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2019

Opera singer Plácido Domingo defends himself against sexual harassment allegations

By David Walsh, 5 December 2019

Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables: French youth in revolt

By David Walsh, 4 December 2019

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman: A gangster’s life and claims

By Kevin Martinez and David Walsh, 3 December 2019

Book Review

A Warning: A manifesto of the pro-war “Resistance” in the American state

By Andre Damon, 4 December 2019

The book makes clear that the “Resistance” to Trump’s policies within the US government, which forms the basis of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, centers on claims that Trump is insufficiently aggressive in defending and expanding America’s imperial interests.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE, student unions defend students in Germany against right-wing attacks

By our reporters, 2 December 2019

Last week, nearly 100 students at Berlin’s Humboldt University and representatives of student organisations from numerous other universities met to protest against right-wing and militaristic teaching and defend students who criticize it from right-wing attacks.

25 years ago: Over 300 killed in fire in China

On December 8, 1994, a fire in a crowded theater in the northwest Chinese oil town of Karamay in Xinjiang province took the lives of 323 school children and their teachers.

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50 years ago: Black Panther leader Fred Hampton murdered by Chicago police

Fred Hampton, chairman of the Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party and member of the Panther Central Committee, was shot and killed by Chicago police officers while he slept in his bed on December 4, 1969, at the group’s headquarters.

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75 years ago: British troops open fire on Greek protesters

On December 3, 1944, British soldiers and Greek police opened fire on a mass demonstration of workers and youth in Athens, killing at least 28 and wounding an estimated 100.

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100 years ago: Senators demand US prepare to invade Mexico

On December 3, 1919, two members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Republican Albert Fall of New Mexico and Democrat Gilbert Hitchcock of Nebraska, announced they would visit President Woodrow Wilson to ascertain his attitude on the breaking of diplomatic relations with Mexico, the first step toward a declaration of war.

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Obituary

On the death of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019)

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

An understanding of Bukovsky’s life and role in politics over the past half century must be placed within the broader context of the development of the October Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist reaction against it.

The Socialist Equality Party Election Campaign in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan presidential election: Workers must prepare to fight moves towards police-state rule

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2019

Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism!

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 November 2019

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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.

Autoworkers Struggles

From the archive of the WSWS
What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

How Ford and the UAW plan to cut autoworkers’ health care

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

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 Z. 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