25 January 2020

Strikers march across France as Macron moves to impose pension cuts

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020

A poll this week found 61 percent opposition to the cuts, and that 82 percent of Frenchmen believe they are worse off since Macron took office in 2017.

“We hope this protest will inspire others”
French “yellow vests” protest for Assange outside Belmarsh prison in London

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020

The protests point to the deeply-rooted opposition among workers internationally to US and European governments’ relentless campaign to destroy Assange.

As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights

Witnesses testify that CIA spied on Assange and his lawyers

As Democrats promote anti-Russia hysteria
Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2020

Trump railed against the “far left” in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

Pence, Netanyahu use Holocaust event in Israel to rail against Iran

US troops confront Russian convoy near Syrian oil fields

Democrats begin Senate trial of Trump with anti-Russia diatribe

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2020

Since the virus was first identified, more than 1,000 people have now been infected worldwide, and in the latest report the death toll has climbed to 41, all having died in mainland China.

As strike struggles surge, US unions record lowest ever membership rate

By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2020

The highest unionization rate is in “protective services” (33.8 percent), including police, prison guards and border patrol agents, whose function is to suppress the working class.

“People are going to die because of this”
Trump administration to deny visas to pregnant women

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 January 2020

The Trump administration has launched yet another salvo in its ongoing war against immigrants.

Bangladesh prepares to send 100,000 Rohingya refugees to isolated island

Iranian student deported from Boston by Customs and Border Protection despite court order

By Julian James, 25 January 2020

At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.

Volkswagen boss Diess commits management to mass layoffs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020

2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”

Norwood Jewell begins 15-month sentence in minimum-security prison for role in UAW bribery scheme

Ford planning temporary layoffs at Chicago Stamping Plant

The significance of Italy’s Sardines movement

By Marc Wells, 25 January 2020

In less than two months, the Sardines movement, a social media initiative, has mobilized thousands of protesters against the right-wing former deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.

Two and a half years after Grenfell fire: Tens of thousands of UK households live in buildings covered in flammable cladding

By Charles Hixson, 25 January 2020

Next to nothing has been done by the Conservative government to remove dangerous cladding from hundreds of mainly residential buildings that are enveloped in deadly flammable material.

Sri Lankan graphite mine workers strike over pay and conditions

By our correspondents, 25 January 2020

This week’s walkout is the first workers’ strike this year against the new Rajapakse government.

Fascistic New Zealand soldier charged with disclosing military information

By Tom Peters, 25 January 2020

The soldier was a leading member of the Dominion Movement, which espoused the same fascist ideology as the Christchurch terrorist who killed 51 people in March 2019.

Australian Labor Party demands faster development of attack submarines

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 January 2020

While the opposition has closed ranks behind the government over the nation-wide bushfire crisis, on this issue of “national security” the Labor Party is keen to burnish its militarist credentials.

Australians suffer violent hailstorms, flash floods and ongoing fires

By Martin Scott, 25 January 2020

As bushfires continue to burn, Australian communities have been ravaged by other extreme climatic events.

Australian workers to pay as bushfire disaster intensifies slump

Australia: Thousands protest government inaction on bushfires and climate change

24 January 2020

At Davos, Trump announces plans to cut Medicare and other social programs

By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020

Major Chinese city in lockdown as novel coronavirus spreads internationally

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 January 2020

Consortium News sues for libel over claims it aided “Russian disinformation” campaign against Canada

By Kevin Reed, 24 January 2020

Record number of homeless deaths in New York City last year

By Sam Dalton, 24 January 2020

India: Mass protests against Modi’s anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act continue

By Deepal Jayasekera, 24 January 2020

Australian government releases whitewash report after more than 1,200 people die waiting for disability services

By Max Newman, 24 January 2020

Sri Lankan president announces major tax concessions for foreign investors

By W.A. Sunil, 24 January 2020

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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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Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Испуг от запуска норвежской ракеты едва не вызвал ядерную войну

25 января 2020 г.

25 января 1995 года российские военные ошибочно приняли ракету Black Brant XII за ядерную атаку ВМС США баллистической ракетой Trident.

New in Turkish

Atom Bilimcileri Bülteni, “uygarlığı sona erdirecek nükleer savaş” uyarısında bulunuyor

Andre Damon, 25 Ocak 2020

Demokratların Rusya karşıtı histerisinden Trump’ın bütün dünyaya yönelik haydutça tehditlerine kadar tüm siyaset kurumu, II. Dünya Savaşı’ndan beri görülmemiş bir ölçekte bir askeri çatışmaya hazırlanıyor.

Suriye'de ABD askerleri Rus konvoyu ile karşı karşıya geldi

Bill Van Auken, 25 Ocak 2020

Her biri kendi çıkarının kovalayan Amerikan, Rus ve Türk silahlı kuvvetlerinin küçük bir coğrafi alanda faaliyet gösterdiği koşullarda, silahlı bir çatışmanın büyük bir savaşa dönüşmesi tehlikesi yalnızca büyüyor.

Avrupa, İran’ı ve Suriye’yi tehdit etmek üzere bir deniz filosu gönderiyor

Anthony Torres, 25 Ocak 2020

Kapitalist sınıfın hiçbir ilerici çözüme sahip olmadığı artan jeopolitik ve toplumsal krizlerin ortasında, Macron ve Avrupalı güçler savaşa doğru yol alıyorlar.

New in Norwegian

Atomforskernes bulleteng advarer for «sivilisasjonsutslettede atomkrig»

Andre Damon, 25. januar 2020

Med et globalt atomvåpenkappløp på gang advarer Bulletin of Atomic Scientists for at menneskelig sivilisasjon er nærmere utslettelse enn i noen annen periode av historien.

USAs DoJ hevder Assange ikke har First Amendment-beskyttelse, der rettssaksdatoer nå er satt

Laura Tiernan, 25. januar 2020

Det siste bevismaterialet fremlagt fra det amerikanske justisdepartementet (DoJ) understreker hvilke fundamentale demokratiske anliggender som står på spill i den ti-år-lange illegale forfølgelsen og heksejakta på Julian Assange og WikiLeaks.

India: Masseprotester mot Modis antimulismske CAA-lov fortsetter

Deepal Jayasekera, 25. januar 2020

BJP-regjeringen er skaket av utbruddet av masseopposisjon og har respondert med statsrepresjon og fascistiske utbrudd, eksemplifisert av en BJP-toppleders skryt: «Våre regjeringer ... skjøt disse folka som bikkjer.»

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Malgré le passage de la réforme au Conseil d'Etat, les travailleurs manifestent sur Marseille

Anthony Torres, 25 janvier 2020

Alors que Macron prépare à faire adopter sa réforme par l’Assemblée, les travailleurs ont manifesté leur colère et leur détermination à lutter contre la régression sociale.

Le Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists met en garde contre une «guerre nucléaire qui mettrait fin à la civilisation»

Andre Damon, 25 janvier 2020

Au milieu d'une course mondiale aux armements nucléaires, le Bulletin of Atomic Scientists a averti que la civilisation humaine est plus proche de la destruction qu'à toute autre période de l'histoire.

«On espère que cela inspirera les autres»
Des «gilets jaunes» manifestent pour Assange à la prison Belmarsh de Londres

Alexandre Lantier, 25 janvier 2020

Cette manifestation met en évidence la profonde opposition internationale parmi les travailleurs aux tentatives des États américain et européeens de détruire Assange.

Alors que les dates des audiences d’extradition sont fixées, le ministère américain de la Justice affirme qu’Assange n’a aucun droit au premier amendement

Laura Tiernan, 25 janvier 2020

Les dernières preuves présentées par le gouvernement américain soulignent les questions démocratiques fondamentales en jeu dans la persécution illégale et la chasse aux sorcières contre Julian Assange et de WikiLeaks, qui durent depuis dix ans.

Pence et Netanyahu utilisent la commémoration de l'Holocauste en Israël pour s'insurger contre l'Iran

Bill Van Auken, 25 janvier 2020

La calomnie de l’«antisémitisme» iranien et les affirmations sans fondement selon lesquelles Téhéran chercherait à se doter d’armes nucléaires sont de la propagande pour justifier une progression constante vers la guerre.

Allemagne: le Parti de gauche soutient la conférence sur la Libye et un éventuel déploiement militaire

Johannes Stern, 25 janvier 2020

Bien que la conférence soit une réunion de brigands impérialistes qui ont discuté de l’occupation du pays riche en ressources et le partage du continent entier sous couverture d’assurer la paix, elle a été saluée par le Parti de gauche.

Canada: Début des audiences d’extradition de la haute dirigeante de Huawei

Roger Jordan, 25 janvier 2020

Les autorités canadiennes détiennent la directrice financière de Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, à la demande de Washington, qui demande son extradition sur la base de fausses accusations de fraude.

New in German

Wissenschaftler warnen vor „Atomkrieg, der die Zivilisation auslöscht“

Andre Damon, 25. Januar 2020

Das Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warnt angesichts des weltweiten nuklearen Wettrüstens, dass die Menschheit noch nie so nah am Rand der der Vernichtung stand wie heute.

„Combat 18“: Verbot mit Vorwarnung

Peter Schwarz, 25. Januar 2020

Bundesinnenminister Seehofer hat am Donnerstag die rechtsextreme Gruppe „Combat 18 Deutschland“ wegen ihrer „Wesensverwandtschaft mit dem Nationalsozialismus“ verboten.

Pence und Netanjahu hetzen auf Holocaust-Gedenkveranstaltung in Israel gegen den Iran

Bill Van Auken, 25. Januar 2020

Die Antisemitismusvorwürfe gegenüber dem Iran sowie die unbewiesenen Behauptungen, Teheran strebe nach Atomwaffen, dienen zur Rechtfertigung der voranschreitenden Kriegsvorbereitungen der USA.

US-Justizminister spricht Assange verfassungsmäßige Grundrechte ab
In London stehen die Termine für die Auslieferungsanhörung jetzt fest

Laura Tiernan, 25. Januar 2020

Bezirksrichterin Vanessa Baraitser will die Verhandlungen über die Auslieferung des inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Verlegers Julian Assange aufteilen: Die erste Verhandlungswoche soll demnach am 24. Februar beginnen, die letzten drei Wochen am 18. Mai.

Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl – Der Nationalsozialismus aus Sicht eines Kindes

Stefan Steinberg, 25. Januar 2020

Der neue Film von Caroline Link kommt zur rechten Zeit, da die deutschen Eliten erneut Stimmung gegen Flüchtlinge machen und das Anwachsen faschistischer Strömungen begünstigen.

New in Portuguese

A denúncia contra Glenn Greenwald e a guerra global contra a liberdade de expressão

James Cogan, 24 Janeiro 2020

A prisão do fundador do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, abriu o caminho para uma guerra global contra o jornalismo crítico e independente e para a imposição de uma ampla censura.

New in Spanish

El Boletín de Científicos Atómicos advierte de “guerra nuclear que termine con la civilización”

Andre Damon, 25 enero 2020

En medio de una carrera armamentista nuclear global, el Boletín de los Científicos Atómicos advirtió que la civilización humana está más cerca de la destrucción que en cualquier otro periodo en la historia.

Según se avecina audiencia sobre extradición, Departamento de Justicia de EE. UU. afirma que Primera Enmienda no ampara a Assange

Laura Tiernan, 25 enero 2020

La última evidencia presentada por el Gobierno de EE. UU. subraya las cuestiones democráticas fundamentales en juego en la persecución ilegal y cacería de brujas contra Julian Assange y WikiLeaks en la última década.

En Davos, Trump anuncia planes para recortar Medicare y otros programas

Trevon Austin, 25 enero 2020

En una entrevista en el Foro Económico Mundial en Davos, Trump dijo que los programas sociales serían elegidos como blanco para reducir el déficit federal.

Pence y Netanyahu usan el evento del Holocausto en Israel para atacar a Irán

Bill Van Auken, 25 enero 2020

La calumnia del "antisemitismo" iraní y las afirmaciones infundadas de que Teherán está buscando armas nucleares son propaganda para justificar una acumulación constante hacia la guerra.

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Perspective

The mass protests in Iraq and the US drive to recolonize the Middle East

25 January 2020

Among the hundreds of thousands who filled the streets of Baghdad were workers and youth whose entire lives have been shaped by the crimes of US imperialism.

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Commentary

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of “civilization-ending nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 January 2020

Germany: Left Party supports Libya conference and possible military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2020

Berlin conference prepares military occupation of Libya

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

By James Cogan, 23 January 2020

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

By Tom Carter, 23 January 2020

The New York Times gloats over Harvey Weinstein’s misfortune

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

By Richard Hoffman, 15 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Workers Struggles

As public support builds for Ontario teachers’ struggle, government denounces walkouts

By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 25 January 2020

A recent opinion poll has underscored that most Ontarians support teachers in striking against the Ford government’s class-size increases and gutting of education support services.

SEIU reaches tentative agreement at Cleveland Public Library in attempt to avert strike

By Isaac Finn, 25 January 2020

The agreement was reached two days after the SEIU issued a 10-day strike notice announcing that they planned a walkout at noon on February 4.

While workers confront police violence and pro-company court injunctions,
Unifor prepares betrayal in Saskatchewan refinery lockout

By Carl Bronski, 25 January 2020

Using a phony, largely scripted “blockade” of the Co-op Refinery Complex as a diversionary backdrop, Unifor has moved to end the bitter, seven-week-long lockout of 750 oil refinery workers by ceding to management’s concession demands.

Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again
Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

25 January 2020

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

Australia: NSW Ambulance staff forced to do overtime to cover under-staffing

By Clare Bruderlin, 23 January 2020

Kentucky miners blockading coal shipments win backpay

By Douglas Lyons, 22 January 2020

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.

Arts Review

The Politician: The unreality of official American political and social life

By Joanne Laurier, 24 January 2020

Weathering With You: Climate change and fatalism

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 January 2020

Despite #MeToo protest, Berlin audience applauds opera singer Placido Domingo

By Sybille Fuchs, 23 January 2020

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: A child’s-eye view of the Nazis’ crimes

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 January 2020

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

By David Walsh, 20 January 2020

Socialist Equality Party

SEP to hold public meeting in Canada to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 January 2020

The Socialist Equality Party (Canada) is holding a public meeting in Montreal on Sunday, February 2 to fight for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, oppose war, and defend democratic rights.

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

By our correspondents, 16 January 2020

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

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 »

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.

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 »

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 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