Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over “humanitarian aid” ploy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2019

Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela’s social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country’s border.

Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela

Hands off Venezuela!

Wave of walkouts in Matamoros, Mexico builds toward general strike

By Alex González, 7 February 2019

An additional 15,000 workers have gone on strike across multiple industries, threatening to bring the city to a standstill.

As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
Canadian union leader postures as supporter of Matamoros strikers

The US pseudo-left’s conspiracy of silence on the Matamoros workers’ rebellion

French National Assembly passes police state “anti-riot” law targeting protests

By Will Morrow, 7 February 2019

Introduced in response to the “yellow vest” protests, the law marks a significant step in the transformation of France into a police state.

“Yellow vest” assemblies meet in Commercy
The pseudo-left parties seek to intervene in France’s “yellow vest” movement

Twelfth “yellow vest” protest marches against police repression in France

More on the "yellow vests" protests in France »

US military conducting urban warfare training exercises in Los Angeles

By Dan Conway, 7 February 2019

With little in the way of advanced warning, thousands of frightened Los Angeles residents awoke this week to the sound of low-flying helicopters, gunfire and explosions.

US-backed campaign for UN inquiry into China’s treatment of Uyghurs

By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2019

While the Beijing regime is undoubtedly engaged in repressive activities in Xinjiang, the US has cynically seized on the issue as part of its aggressive campaign on all fronts to pressure, weaken and undermine China.

Protests erupt in Birmingham, Alabama after Thanksgiving Day police shooting of innocent man declared “justified”

By Shelley Connor, 7 February 2019

Bradford was shot three times from behind by the officer, whose identity has been withheld by the police.

Dearborn, Michigan mayor suppresses historical article on Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism

By Tom Mackaman, 7 February 2019

The censored article details how Ford’s Dearborn Independent newspaper served as a platform for vile slanders against Jews—and an inspiration for Hitler and the Nazis.

Berlin-based airline files for bankruptcy

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 February 2019

As in the case of the bankruptcy of Air Berlin, where Verdi and Lufthansa worked closely together, it is ultimately the workforce that will pay the costs of insolvency.

Election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador signals further shift to US imperialism

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2019

The overwhelming victory of Bukele was chiefly an expression of popular loathing toward the traditional ruling parties.

Stansted 15 anti-deportation protesters go free

By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2019

While avoiding jail sentences, the 15 were still found guilty and now have criminal records.

NHS 10-year plan: Recipe for further attacks on services and privatisation in UK

By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2019

Under the banner of providing more choices, the government is ready to send more and more patients to private hospitals with the NHS footing the bill.

Chinese billionaire stripped of Australian residency as “foreign interference” campaign ramps up

By James Cogan, 7 February 2019

Huang’s banishment may well be the prelude to the first criminal charges laid against Australian citizens under the “foreign interference” laws.

Australian Labor Party outbids Coalition in big business tax handouts

By Mike Head, 7 February 2019

Far from opposing inequality, Labor governments have spearheaded the slashing of corporate and high-income tax rates.

Australian actor Craig McLachlan’s defamation case postponed following police charges

By Richard Phillips, 7 February 2019

Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan’s career has been “effectively destroyed” by the #MeToo allegations.

New in Russian

Боритесь с увольнениями на автозаводах Ford! Создавайте комитеты действий для объединения рабочих автомобильной промышленности по всей Европе!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei и Socialist Equality Party и Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 7 февраля 2019 г.

Рабочий класс не может признать за корпорациями «права» закрывать заводы, уничтожать целые сообщества и разрушать жизни десятков тысяч рабочих.

New in Turkish

Venezuela’dan elinizi çekin!

Bill Van Auken, 7 Şubat 2019

ABD’deki, Avrupa’daki ve Kanada’daki işçiler, Venezuela’daki bu gerici ve yağmacı emperyalist müdahaleye karşı çıkmalı ve mücadelelerini, ortak düşman olan dünya kapitalist sistemine karşı, Venezuela ve Latin Amerika işçilerinin mücadeleleri ile birleştirmeliler.

Sudan’da hükümet karşıtı protestolar devam ediyor

Jean Shaoul, 7 Şubat 2019

Protestolar, 1989’da bir darbeyle iktidara gelmesinden bu yana, Devlet Başkanı Ömer El Beşir yönetimine yönelik en büyük tehdidi oluşturuyor.

New in French

«Grève nationale» CGT: l’appareil syndical veut récupérer les «gilets jaunes»

nos reporters, 7 février 2019

De la part des syndicats, c’était une mobilisation des bureaucrates pour aller à la rencontre des «gilets jaunes» et d’essayer de faire dérailler le mouvement.

L‘état de peur: la diatribe de Trump contre le socialisme

Patrick Martin, 7 février 2019

L‘assertion d’un « miracle » économique par le président était démentie par son attaque du soutien public croissant pour le socialisme aux États-Unis.

Des travailleurs mexicains des pièces d'automobile appuient la manifestation du 9 février à Detroit

Andrea Lobo et Eric London, 7 février 2019

« J'appui...ttaque du soutien public croissant pour le socialisme aux États-Unis.

Des travailleurs mexicains des pièces d'automobile appuient la manifestation du 9 février à Detroit

Andrea Lobo et Eric London, 7 février 2019

« J'appuie l'appel à une grève générale au Canada, aux États-Unis et au Mexique. Nous devons être unis. Il n'y a pas de frontières. Nous restons fermes sur ce point. »

Tandis qu'Unifor intensifie sa campagne raciste anti-mexicaine
Un dirigeant syndical canadien prétend appuyer les grévistes de Matamoros

Roger Jordan, 7 février 2019

Le silence quasi complet d’Unifor sur la lutte courageuse des travailleurs de Matamoros ne fait qu’un avec leur campagne réactionnaire blâmant les travailleurs mexicains pour le massacre d’emplois lancé par GM.

New in Spanish

Estado del temor: Trump emprende contra el socialismo

Por Patrick Martin, 7 feberero 2019

Las afirmaciones del presidente de que un “milagro” económico en marcha fueron desmentidas por sus propia diatriba contra el aumento en el apoyo público hacia el socialismo dentro de Estados Unidos.

París intensifica su exigencia de un golpe de Estado en Venezuela

Por Alex Lantier, 7 feberero 2019

En medio de una creciente represión a las protestas de los “chalecos amarillos”, es crítico que los trabajadores de Francia y de toda Europa se opongan a los intentos de imponer un régimen ultraderechista en Venezuela.

Unifor lanza un boicot antimexicano como distracción de la lucha por el cierre de Oshawa

Por Carl Bronski, 7 feberero 2019

El presidente de Unifor Dias ha anunciado un boicot de consumidores antimexicano sobre el cierre de Oshawa ya que los trabajadores en plantas en Matamoros, México expanden su lucha contra condiciones de explotación.

Los trabajadores de autopartes mexicanos apoyan manifestación del 9 de febrero en Detroit

Por Andrea Lobo y Eric London, 7 feberero 2019

“Apoyo el llamado a una huelga general en Canadá, Estados Unidos y México para poner fin a los despidos, abusos y por salarios juntos. Debemos estar unidos. No hay fronteras. Acá estamos firmes”.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
25. Estalla la guerra entre Irán e Irak

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 7 feberero 2019

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

New in Norwegian

Hendene vekk fra Venezuela!

Bill Van Auken, 6. februar 2019

Med bistand fra europeisk og kanadisk imperialisme og de høyreorienterte regjeringene i Latin-Amerika, forbereder Washington seg på å invadere Venezuela eller kaste landet ut i borgerkrig.

Det amerikanske pseudo-venstres taushetskomplott om Matamoros-arbeidernes opprør

Alex González, 6. februar 2019

Med sin uærlige taushet demonstrerer USAs pseudo-venstre sin fiendtlighet for den modige kampen til en av de mest undertrykte delene av den internasjonale arbeiderklassen.

Integrity Initiative: Storbritannias innblanding i Norge

Bjørn Halvorsen, 6. februar 2019

Anonymous’ lekkede dokumenter avslører en antidemokratisk konspirasjon mot den norske allmennhetens antikrigholdning.

USA med nye krigstrusler for olje mot Venezuela

Eric London, 6. februar 2019

En militærintervensjon i Venezuela – med en befolkning på 30 millioner – kunne drepe hundretusener eller til og med millioner av mennesker og forvandle Latin-Amerika til et imperialistisk slakteri.

Fagforeningen legger ned Audi-streiken i Ungarn

Markus Salzmann, 6. februar 2019

En uke-lang streik av 12.000 arbeidere på den ungarske Audi-fabrikken i Györ hadde en massiv innvirkning på produksjonen ved flere fabrikker i Europa og rystet bilindustrien.

De tolvte «gul vest»-protestmarsjene i Frankrike var mot politirepresjon

Anthony Torres, 6. februar 2019

Mens fagforeninger forberedte en symbolsk én-dags-streik for tirsdagen i dag, opponerte massene av «gul vest»-protesterende mot fagforeningenes forsøk på å overta og kvele deres bevegelse.

Avvis UAWs og Unifors antimeksikanske kampanje
Foren amerikanske, kanadiske og meksikanske arbeidere mot GM-fabrikknedleggelsene

Jerry White, 6. februar 2019

I opposisjon til fagforbundene UAWs og Unifors nasjonalisme vil demonstrasjonen mot GM-fabrikknedleggelsene den 9. februar i Detroit oppfordre til enheten av amerikanske, kanadiske og meksikanske arbeidere, for å slåss for deres felles interesser mot deres felles fiender – de transnasjonale bilkonsernene.

New in German

Hände weg von Venezuela!

Bill Van Auken, 6. Februar 2019

Mit Hilfe des europäischen und kanadischen Imperialismus und der rechten Regierungen Lateinamerikas bereitet sich Washington darauf vor, Venezuela entweder zu erobern oder in einen Bürgerkrieg zu stürzen.

Berliner Fluggesellschaft Germania meldet Pleite an

Ulrich Rippert, 6. Februar 2019

Wie schon bei der Pleite von Air Berlin, bei der die Gewerkschaft Verdi eng mit Lufthansa zusammenarbeitete, zahlt letztlich die Belegschaft die Kosten der Insolvenz.

Entlassungswelle bei Ford und GM
Ford kündigt 1.000 Entlassungen an, General Motors beginnt massiven Stellenabbau

Von unseren Reportern, 6. Februar 2019

Während General Motors mit der Entlassung von 4.250 Beschäftigten begonnen hat, kündigte Ford die Abschaffung der zweiten Schicht in seinem Werk in Flat Rock (Michigan) zum 1. April an, wodurch mehr als 1.000 Stellen wegfallen.

40 Jahre seit der Erstausstrahlung der Serie „Holocaust“

Clara Weiss, 6. Februar 2019

Vier Jahrzehnte nach ihrer Erstausstrahlung hat die Serie inmitten eines internationalen Rechtsruckes nichts an ihrer Relevanz verloren.

New in Portuguese

Greve de Matamoros ameaça parar indústria automotiva norte-americana

Por Eric London, 6 fevereiro 2019

A mídia corporativa está se mantendo em silêncio sobre a maior greve na América do Norte das últimas duas décadas.

Washington prepara golpe de direita na Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 fevereiro 2019

O apoio de governos da América Latina e ao redor do mundo à tentativa de golpe orquestrado pelos EUA faz parte de um giro global à direita e à ditadura.

A greve dos trabalhadores automotivos de Matamoros e a censura na internet

Por Andre Damon, 6 fevereiro 2019

A greve de mais de 70.000 trabalhadores que está acontecendo na cidade de Matamoros, no México, não tem sido noticiada pelos principais jornais e emissoras de televisão.

Other Languages

Perspective

The reality of capitalism: GM makes $11.8 billion in profits while closing plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs

7 February 2019

The huge profits, side-by-side with the destruction of entire communities, expose the real character of the capitalist system and why the working class must abolish it.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2019

Seventy-four years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the crimes of the Nazi regime are being downplayed in the German Bundestag (parliament) without triggering any significant protest.

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

Lordstown GM plant closing: Another blow to northeastern Ohio

By Samuel Davidson, 7 February 2019

The impending closure of General Motors Lordstown assembly plant will be another blow to communities in the northeast region of Ohio that have been devastated by more than three decades of steel mill and factory closings.

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers committee supports call for February 9 demonstration in Detroit

By our reporters, 7 February 2019

“We consider the actions taken by the steering committee as a blow not only for the defense of the fundamental rights of the US auto workers but also on behalf of the international working class as a whole.”

“The auto workers will not be forgotten men and women!”: Press conference promotes March to Fight Plant Closures

WSWS Labor Editor Jerry White addressed a press conference Tuesday in front of GM world headquarters in downtown Detroit ahead of this weekend’s march to oppose mass layoffs in the auto industry.

Jobs bloodbath at Ford and GM
Ford announces 1,000 job cuts as GM begins mass layoffs

By our reporters, 5 February 2019

Reject the anti-Mexican campaign of the UAW and Unifor
Unite US, Canadian and Mexican workers against GM plant closings!

By Jerry White, 5 February 2019

February 9 demonstration against auto plant closures in Detroit
The program and strategy to defend jobs

By Joseph Kishore, 1 February 2019

The demonstration, called by the WSWS and the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, is the first organized expression of rank-and-file opposition to GM’s jobs massacre.

Students and youth must join the fight to oppose GM job cuts!

No layoffs! No concessions!
Autoworkers call for demonstration February 9 to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

Obituary

Stanley Hill, who presided over wholesale corruption in NYC unions, dead at 82

By Alan Whyte, 7 February 2019

Hill personified the transformed role of the unions, in both the public and private sectors, as junior partners of big business and the government in imposing attacks on jobs and living standards.

Commentary

The Governor Ralph Northam affair

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2019

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

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

7 February 2019

The book is critical in exposing the many lies perpetrated about the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the subsequent degeneration of the Soviet Union.

History

One hundred years since the death of Franz Mehring

By Peter Schwarz, 6 February 2019

Mehring was one of the leading Marxist theoreticians of his time. Unlike other leading Social Democrats, who shifted to the right, he joined the Spartacus League during World War I.

Arts Review

Fire in my mouth: New York Philharmonic premieres oratorio on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2019

The Land of Steady Habits: Postcrash American disillusionment

Defend Julian Assange!

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, March 3! Melbourne State Library, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

Australian workers and youth support March rallies in defence of Julian Assange

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

Julian Assange issues “urgent” legal challenge against US extradition plans

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Matamoros Auto Strike

70,000 strike at US-Mexico border

Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

Watch: A Texas Amazon worker's message to Matamoros workers

"Attention striking workers in Matamoros: I want you to know we have heard your here in the United states. We are with you and we support you." Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

As strike expands in the maquiladoras
Mexican auto parts workers explain how they formed strike committees

By Andrea Lobo, 26 January 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Workers Struggles

Teachers at four Chicago charter school campuses walk out

By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019

48-year-old teacher perishes in house fire on Chicago’s southwest side

Oakland, California teachers overwhelmingly vote to strike

More on teachers' struggles »

Lawsuit alleges Amazon caused worker’s death

By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2019

More on Amazon »

25 years ago: Byron De La Beckwith convicted for 1963 assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers

Byron De La Beckwith, member of a white supremacist group, was convicted on February 5, 1994 for the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist and head of the Mississippi state branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

More »

50 years ago: Millions strike in Italy

On February 5, 1969, millions of Italian workers participated in a one-day general strike called by the major labor federations to demand higher pensions.

More »

75 years ago: Roosevelt moves to control Arabian oil

On February 6, 1944, the US government’s Petroleum Reserve Corporation, set up by President Franklin Roosevelt, unveiled its plans to construct a vast pipeline across Saudi Arabia to transport crude oil from the Arabian wells.

More »

 

100 years ago: Seattle general strike begins

On February 6, 1919, 25,000 workers in Seattle, Washington walked out to join 35,000 shipyard workers already off the job, as a general strike virtually shut down the city.

More »

IYSSE

Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at PSU, 31 January 2019

Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019

Mehring Books

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

1 February 2019

The translation of David North’s book is vital for Tamil-speaking workers, youth and intellectuals on the Indian sub-continent, in Sri Lanka, and exile communities around the world.

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Arun Kumar and Ritwik Mitter, 26 January 2019

Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

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

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.

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

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