Trump administration opens 2019 with tear gas attack on migrants at US-Mexico border

By Niles Niemuth, 3 January 2019

Border patrol agents fired three volleys of gas at a group of approximately 150 people as they sought to cross over a border fence from Tijuana into the United States.

Amid global crackdown on refugees
One sixth of world’s people want to flee their home countries

In deleted tweet, US nuclear command declares itself “ready” to “drop something”

By Andre Damon, 3 January 2019

On New Year’s Eve, the US Strategic Command, which oversees the United States’ nuclear arsenal, posted a tweet declaring its readiness to “drop something much, much bigger” than the “big ball” at Times Square in New York.

US shutdown, payless paydays could continue for “weeks”

By our reporters, 3 January 2019

A White House meeting Wednesday showed no change in the ongoing standoff between Trump and congressional Democrats.

Trump administration in question as political warfare in Washington intensifies

A closer look at American “democracy”

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Bolsonaro inaugurated as head of Brazil’s most right-wing government since dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken and Gabriel Lemos, 3 January 2019

To mark his installation as president, the ex-army captain delivered a fascistic rant claiming his rise signaled Brazil’s “liberation” from socialism and “political correctness.”

Amazon worker describes brutal conditions at Tracy, California warehouse during Camp Fire

By Evan Blake, 3 January 2019

Amazon workers in Tracy were forced to continue laboring in the smoke-filled air produced by the fire, making working conditions even worse than usual.

“Amazon ruined my life”
Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

Police break up Amazon workers’ protest over oppressive conditions

“I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt”
Amazon worker wrongfully fired for theft reveals company’s dead-end appeal system

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Yellow vest protesters rally across France on New Year’s Eve

By our reporters, 3 January 2019

To bring in the New Year, yellow vest protesters across France rallied to show their opposition to Macron and their determination to continue the movement.

French “yellow vest” protests expose anti-worker role of New Anticapitalist Party

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the fraud of Mélenchon’s “citizens revolution”

Commercy “yellow vest” protesters hold second Popular Assembly

More on the 2018 'yellow vest' protests in France »

Slowdown in China’s manufacturing growth sets tone for New Year

By Nick Beams, 3 January 2019

A key Chinese economic index has indicated lower growth as talks on US-China trade tensions are set to begin.

German army plans recruitment of EU foreigners

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2019

Berlin is now using the lack of prospects and sheer desperation of young people to recruit cannon fodder for the German war policy.

German AfD parliamentarian joins weapons drill of far-right group in South Africa

Scotland: 300 laid off at Kaiam plant on Christmas Eve

By Steve James, 3 January 2019

Workers at optical electronics firm Kaiam in Livingston, Scotland, were laid off following the company’s collapse.

Hundreds die on UK streets as homelessness reaches record levels

By Margot Miller, 3 January 2019

Over the last five years, an estimated 2,627 homeless people have perished on the streets.

Cuba deepens austerity in response to continued economic stagnation

By Alexander Fangmann, 3 January 2019

The Cuban government is cutting back on the consumption of energy and other goods as a result of stagnant growth, a fall in exports and the decline in oil subsidies from Venezuela.

López Obrador proposes austerity budget, creates free economic zone at the border

By Alex González, 3 January 2019

The funding package is characterized by a massive increase in military spending and negligible funds for social programs.

Sri Lankan plantation union discussing sellout deal with companies

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 3 January 2019

The back-room negotiations between the unions and employers are part of a broader attack on the living conditions of all workers.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan plantation workers’ strike

Australia: Structural faults in 36-storey building cause mass evacuation

By our reporters, 3 January 2019

Self-regulation and self-certification have been introduced in every area of the construction industry over the past 25 years, to speed up approval processes and maximise profits.

New in French

Les gilets jaunes se mobilisent contre Macron pour marquer le Nouvel an

nos reporters, 3 janvier 2019

Pour le réveillon du Nouvel an, des «gilets jaunes» à travers la France ont manifesté leur opposition à Macron et leur détermination à continuer leur mouvement.

Royaume-Uni: efforts intensifiés dans tous les partis pour empêcher un Brexit grâce à un nouveau référendum

Robert Stevens, 3 janvier 2019

Dans une crise de régime sans précédent au Royaume-Uni, le principal souci de Corbyn est de préserver l’unité du Parti travailliste au motif que seul un gouvernement travailliste peut sauver l’impérialisme britannique

Le faux journalisme du Spiegel et la campagne contre les «fausses nouvelles»

Peter Schwarz, 3 janvier 2019

La révélation de l‘existence d‘un journaliste faussaire dans la rédaction du magazine allemand Der Spiegel montre comment l’opinion publique est manipulée par des médias faisant soi-disant autorité.

L’arbitre nommé par le gouvernement dictera la convention collective des travailleurs de Postes Canada

Louis Girard, 3 janvier 2019

La criminalisation de la campagne de grève des travailleurs des postes et l’imposition imminente de contrats de concessions constituent une attaque sur l’ensemble de la classe ouvrière.

Les décès par surdose d'opioïdes triplent chez les adolescents et les jeunes enfants américains

Kate Randall, 3 janvier 2019

L'ampleur de la crise des opioïdes à laquelle les jeunes sont confrontés met en lumière la réaction lamentablement inadéquate du gouvernement à cette catastrophe sociale qui échappe à tout contrôle.

Dix ans depuis le coup d'État constitutionnel au Canada

Keith Jones, 3 janvier 2019

Quelques semaines à peine après le krach financier de 2008, le gouvernement conservateur du Canada a utilisé les pouvoirs arbitraires du gouverneur général non élu pour dissoudre le Parlement et empêcher sa défaite par un vote de censure.

New in German

Amokläufer im Ruhrgebiet wollte „Ausländer töten“

Marianne Arens, 3. Januar 2019

In der Silvesternacht raste ein 50-jähriger Mann aus Essen mehrfach in Personengruppen, um gezielt Ausländer zu töten.

Österreich: Rechte Regierung ein Jahr im Amt

Markus Salzmann, 3. Januar 2019

Die schwarz-blaue Regierung hat in ihrem ersten Amtsjahr in wesentlichen Punkten das ultrarechte Programm der FPÖ umgesetzt.

Proteste der französischen „Gelbwesten“ entlarven arbeiterfeindliche Rolle der Neuen Antikapitalistischen Partei

Alex Lantier, 3. Januar 2019

Zuerst verurteilte die NPA die Proteste der Gelbwesten als faschistisch, dann forderte sie die Gewerkschaftsbürokratie auf, sie unter ihre Kontrolle zu bringen und die Ordnung wiederherzustellen.

Dutzende Todesopfer bei Protesten gegen Sparpolitik und Unterdrückung im Sudan

Jean Shaoul, 3. Januar 2019

Die brutale Reaktion der herrschenden Elite auf die Demonstrationen zeigt das Ausmaß der wirtschaftlichen und politischen Krise im Sudan.

Wolfsburg: VW- Aufsichtsrat sorgt für Rauswurf eines kritischen Museumsdirektors

Sybille Fuchhs, 3. Januar 2019

Rolf Beil, der Direktor des Kunstmuseums Wolfsburg, wurde kurz vor Weihnachten auf Druck des Aufsichtsrats des Volkswagenkonzerns entlassen, obwohl sein Vertrag noch bis Ende 2020 lief.

New in Spanish

En medio de represión global contra refugiados
Una sexta parte de la población mundial quiere escapar de sus países de origen

Por Eric London, 3 enero 2019

Unos 750 millones de personas, sin incluir niños, quieren escapar de las guerras, la pobreza, los conflictos y las enfermedades causadas por el imperialismo.

La huelga se avecina en Los Ángeles mientras las luchas de los educadores sigue en 2019

Por Nancy Hanover, 3 enero 2019

El nuevo año promete inaugurar las crecientes luchas en defensa de la educación pública, ya que los docentes de todo el mundo preparan huelgas y protestas.

Centro de pensamiento estadounidense condujo una “operación de bandera falsa” de interferencia electoral rusa

Por Will Morrow, 3 enero 2019

New Knowledge buscó influenciar las elecciones en Alabama en el 2017 y hacerlo parecer como si Rusia hubiera intervenido a favor del candidato republicano.

Indefendible de Rohini Hensman: la ISO descubre su musa, la CIA, Parte 4

Por Alex Lantier, 3 enero 2019

Los intentos de Hensman de proporcionar una razón moral-humanitaria para apoyar las guerras imperialistas como "revoluciones democráticas" forma una mentira política obscena.

El periodismo deshonesto de Der Spiegel y la campaña contra las “noticias falsas”

Por Peter Schwarz, 3 enero 2019

El desenmascaramiento de un falsificador en las oficinas editoriales del semanario de noticias alemán Der Spiegel ha dejado a la vista la manipulación de la opinión pública por parte de los medios supuestamente acreditados.

Académicos y estudiantes se oponen al nombramiento a la Universidad de Cambridge del eugenecista Noah Carl: Parte 2

Por Thomas Scripps, 3 enero 2019

Esta es la segunda de una serie de dos partes sobre el significado político del nombramiento del eugenicista Noah Carl como investigador de la Universidad de Cambridge.

El 50 aniversario de la fundación de la PSI (Sri Lanka)
La lucha política de la RCL/SEP contra la traición del LSSP

Por W.A. Sunil y Deepal Jayasekera, 3 enero 2019

En condiciones difíciles, la RCL libró una lucha consistente contra el segundo gobierno de coalición, particularmente contra el LSSP, que continuó de manera deshonesta haciendo mención de su historial trotskista anterior.

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Titalls drepte i protester mot innstramminger og undertrykking i Sudan

Jean Shaoul, 29. desember 2018

At Sudans styringselite har reagert med en slik voldsomhet på disse demonstrasjonene vitner om dybden av den økonomiske og politiske krisen.

Facebook: Den globale sensoren

Andre Damon, 29. desember 2018

Året vi legger bak oss var vitne til en intensivering av internettsensur fra Google, Facebook og Twitter, som forvandler disse foretakene til sensorer som kontrollerer hva brukerne sier, gjør og tenker.

Frankrikes «gul vest»-protester og Mélenchons bedragerske «borgernes revolusjon»

Alex Lantier, 29. desember 2018

Med sine oppfordringer til «gul vest»-protesterende om å gjennomføre en «borgernes revolusjon», prøver Mélenchon å forvirre, kvele og stenge ned bevegelsen.

New in Turkish

2019 Avrupa seçimleri
AB’ye, toplumsal eşitsizliğe, faşizme ve savaşa hayır! Sosyalizm ve Avrupa işçi sınıfının birliği için!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 24 Aralık 2018

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SGP), Mayıs 2019’da, Avrupa seçimlerine, aşırı sağın yükselişine, artan militarizme, bir polis devletinin inşa edilmesine ve büyüyen toplumsal eşitsizliğe karşı çıkmak için, ülke çapında bir seçim listesiyle katılacak.

New in Russian

Протесты «желтых жилетов» во Франции: Куда дальше?

Алекс Лантье, 14 декабря 2018 г.

Ключевым вопросом является создание независимых организаций рабочего класса во Франции и в международном масштабе в качестве подготовки к европейской всеобщей забастовке.

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Perspective

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

3 January 2019

The year 2019 begins amidst the explosive interaction of geopolitical, economic and social crises. All over the world the ruling class is turning to ultra-right and neo-fascist politicians and organizations to defend the capitalist system. The threat of dictatorship and war can be defeated only through the political mobilization of the working class on the basis of an international socialist strategy.

Earlier Perspectives »

Obituary

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 2 January 2019

Halil Celik, founder and leader of the Sosyalist Eşitlik group, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died on December 31, 2018 following a serious illness.

Arts Review

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule: The world’s oldest drug courier

By Kevin Martinez, 3 January 2019

Eastwood’s latest film fictionally dramatizes the potentially intriguing true story of Leo Sharp, an elderly World War II veteran and horticulturist who smuggled drugs for a Mexican cartel. However, it is a conformist and clichéd work.

Best film and television of 2018

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2018

The film world in 2018 can be viewed and judged in different ways and by distinct standards.

Musical highlights of 2018

By Matthew Brennan and Hiram Lee, 31 December 2018

Many of the year’s best musicians refused to limit themselves to one “lane,” “border,” genre or supposedly separate culture.

Vice: A portrait of an American corporate-military gangster

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 29 December 2018

Actor Kevin Spacey releases defiant video: “It’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life”

By David Walsh, 28 December 2018

Actor Geoffrey Rush denies new #MeToo-inspired claims of “inappropriate” behaviour

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Argentine teachers protest and strike over night school closures

3 January 2019

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

“That place is a death trap”
Faurecia workers respond to exposure of conditions at US auto parts plant

By our reporters, 31 December 2018

Strike looms in Los Angeles as struggles by educators set to continue in 2019

Virginia teachers plan statewide protest to demand school funding

Teacher unions in Washington state back Democrats’ regressive school taxes

India: Stalinist unions suppress Tamil Nadu auto strikes, promise “industrial peace”

By Arun Kumar and Yuan Darwin, 31 December 2018

NSW Ambulance makes stunning reversal of allegation against Australian paramedic Tony Jenkins

By Cheryl Crisp, 27 December 2018

Teamsters union releases new sellout contracts for 15,000 Midwest UPS workers

By George Marlowe, 28 December 2018

UPS workers describe company reign of terror in wake of Teamsters sellout

“I decided that something was wrong with the world and not me”
College loan debt and the life of an adjunct professor

By Nancy Hanover, 27 December 2018

Editorial Cartoon

General James “Mad Dog” Mattis’ resignation “stuns” leading Democrats

Mattis, who led the bloody US campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 and boasted to his troops in Afghanistan that “it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot” Afghans, is now being hailed as an American hero, a rock of stability and sanity whose departure has set the ship of state adrift.

Commentary

Der Spiegel’s counterfeit journalism and the campaign against “fake news”

By Peter Schwarz, 31 December 2018

Germany’s Der Spiegel spreads fake news

Facebook: The global censor

Academics and students oppose Cambridge University appointment of eugenicist Noah Carl—Part 2

By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2018

This is the second and concluding part of a series on the political significance of the appointment by Cambridge University of eugenicist Noah Carl as a research fellow.

Academics and students oppose Cambridge University appointment of eugenicist Noah Carl—Part 1

Ten years since Canada’s constitutional coup

By Keith Jones, 31 December 2018

Just weeks after the 2008 financial crash, Canada’s Conservative government used the arbitrary powers of the unelected governor-general to shut down parliament and prevent its defeat in a no-confidence vote.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 December 2018

Part one | Part two | Part three

More in police violence in America »

25 years ago: Zapatista rebellion erupts in Chiapas, Mexico

The peasant-based Zapatista Army of National Liberation staged an open revolt in Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico, on January 1, 1994, the day that the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect.

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50 years ago: Irish civil rights demonstrators attacked while police watch

On January 4, 1969, Irish civil rights protesters engaged in a four-day march from Belfast to Derry to protest the treatment of Northern Ireland’s Catholic minority, were attacked by a mob of Unionists while police stood by and did nothing.

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75 years ago: Hitler speech highlights crisis of fascist regimes

On January 1, 1944, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler delivered a New Year’s message which pointed to the increasing crisis of the fascist regimes in Europe, amid major military defeats and mounting opposition from the working class.

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100 years ago: 700,000 workers march in Berlin in anti-government protest

In an enormous demonstration on January 5, 1919, hundreds of thousands of workers massed in the streets of Berlin to protest the actions of the German government, which was dominated by the right-wing Social Democrats.

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Science

Moon targeted for further exploration, orbiting space stations and militarization

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 27 December 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

History

Remembering the Kindertransport: 80 years since 10,000 mainly Jewish children were allowed in to Britain
Until February 10, 2019 at the Jewish Museum London

By Paul Mitchell, 28 December 2018

The bicentenary of Frederick Douglass
A leading figure of the anti-slavery struggle

By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2018

New in Urdu

New postings in Urdu on capitalist breakdown and war, France’s Yellow Vest protests

27 December 2018

Four recent WSWS Perspectives are now available in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language.

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

Part one | Part two | Part three | Part four

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Watch: Shannon Allen's remarks at Detroit autoworkers meeting

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

IYSSE

Student parliament condemns right-wing attack on IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our reporters, 17 December 2018

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

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Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.