Whistleblower Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify against Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 8 March 2019

A federal judge ordered Manning to prison Friday on contempt charges for refusing to provide testimony against WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange.

US court upholds subpoena of whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Democrats push through resolution branding Rep. Omar’s criticism of Israel as “anti-Semitic”

By Barry Grey, 8 March 2019

With this vote, the Democratic Party has joined with the Republicans and right-wing forces internationally in prosecuting a witch-hunt against a fabricated growth of “left-wing anti-Semitism.”

Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges

Labour Party investigated for anti-Semitism by UK government human rights commission

By Chris Marsden, 8 March 2019

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has extraordinary legal powers, granted under the 2006 Equalities Act, and could open a full inquiry under section 20 of the Act within two weeks.

UK Labour Party members rebel against suspension of Chris Williamson MP for bogus claims of anti-Semitism

The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded

No to the witch-hunt of Chris Williamson!
Oppose the Blairites’ bogus claims of “left anti-Semitism”!

“Deaths of despair” continue to soar
US deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide at all-time high

By Kate Randall, 8 March 2019

The devastating toll of 150,000 Americans dying from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicides in 2017 is seen by the political establishment and pharmaceutical CEOs as the “cost of doing business.”

European Central Bank announces major policy reversal

By Nick Beams, 8 March 2019

The decision by the ECB came as a result of what President Marion Draghi characterised as “substantial” downward revision of growth estimates for the region.

Mass protests to hit Algeria today against Bouteflika regime

By Will Morrow, 8 March 2019

More than two thirds of the Algerian population is aged under 30, with the median age at 28—and more than a quarter of youth are unemployed.

Grenoble, France: Thousands march for teenagers killed in police chase

By Will Morrow, 8 March 2019

From the morning after the tragedy, the families of Adam and Fatih have been the subject of a campaign of vilification by the media and the police.

Florida police officer found guilty in 2015 shooting of motorist

By Matthew Taylor, 8 March 2019

The conviction of Nouman Raja Thursday represents a rare example of a killer cop being held accountable by the courts.

UE orders return to work at Erie, Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Shannon Jones, 8 March 2019

Two weeks after Wabtec unilaterally imposed its concessions terms on 1,700 workers in Erie, Pennsylvania, sparking a walkout, the union has accepted a 90-day agreement that implicitly accepts the abrogation of the old contract.

Cuts to hours for Whole Foods workers exposes fraud of Amazon pay increase

By Tom Hall, 8 March 2019

A report in the Guardian showed that workers at the Amazon-owned grocery chain have had their hours cut back to compensate for last year’s pay increase to $15 per hour.

Nothing resolved as Flint water crisis nears fifth anniversary

By Sheila Brehm, 8 March 2019

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, there were bread lines. But today, in 2019, there are water lines.

Flint water crisis claims its youngest Legionnaires’ victim to date
“Her failing health was due to the government failing her”

Jefferson County, Kentucky teachers continue sickouts in defiance of unions

By our reporter, 8 March 2019

As sickouts by teachers in Kentucky’s largest school district continued into the second day, the unions were desperately working with state and local officials to shut down the protest.

Atlanta School Board prepares a fresh assault on public education

By Kranti Kumara, 8 March 2019

With charter schools already proliferating within Atlanta, pro-privatization policy leaders are set to implement a new plan for closing and charterizing public schools.

“The unions are trying to divide the students and teachers”
Oakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight to defend public education

Denver schools ax jobs in wake of contract pushed through by union

Germany: Opposition growing among teachers, public sector workers to Verdi’s sell-out agreement

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 March 2019

The continuation of low-wage jobs in many parts of the public sector, including the care professions, education and childcare, will further exacerbate staff shortages and intensify workloads.

Teachers strike wave spreads across five continents

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Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky leading in Ukrainian presidential polls

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 8 March 2019

The possibility of a Zelensky presidency is viewed with a great deal of nervousness by the imperialist powers, triggering discussions of a renewed intervention in the country.

More ministers quit as factional war wracks Australia’s ruling coalition

By Mike Head, 8 March 2019

The Liberal-National Coalition, a pillar of corporate rule, is being torn asunder.

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Cezayir’de protestolar devam ediyor

Will Morrow, 8 Mart 2019

Rejim, işçi sınıfının ve ezilen kitlelerin devrimci özlemlerini bastırmak için, resmi burjuva “muhalefet”in tamamen köle ruhlu karakterine güveniyor.

Guaidó, ABD’nin rejim değişikliği operasyonunun sonraki aşaması için Venezuela’ya döndü

Bill Van Auken, 8 Mart 2019

Kendini “geçici devlet başkanı” ilan eden Juan Guaidó, aralarında ABD, Almanya, Fransa, Kanada, Brezilya ve başka birkaç ülkenin büyükelçisinin bulunduğu bir Batılı diplomatlar topluluğu eşliğinde Venezuela’ya geri döndü.

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El cierre de la planta de GM en Lordstown

Jerry White, 8 marzo 2019

El cierre de la icónica fábrica, el sitio de una serie de huelgas salvajes y otras luchas militantes a principios de los años setenta, es el trágico resultado de medio siglo de traiciones por parte del sindicato UAW.

España celebra una farsa de juicio de los acusados catalanes nacionalistas

Alejandro López y Alex Lantier, 8 marzo

La acusación de los nacionalistas catalanes bajo cargos de rebelión, sedición y malversación de fondos públicos por organizar el referéndum independentista de 2017 no tiene fundamento.

Estados Unidos detiene en febrero a 77.000 inmigrantes en la frontera, el máximo de los últimos 10 años

Norisa Díaz, 8 marzo

El número de inmigrantes detenidos en la frontera alcanza su máximo en diez años en febrero, mientras que las inspecciones a los empleadores y las búsquedas masivas en los lugares de trabajo siguen subiendo.

En medio de ola nacional de huelgas
La clase dirigente responde a Matamoros: militarización y apoyo a los ataques antiinmigrantes de Trump

Alex González, 8 marzo

El gobierno de AMLO ha prevenido que los inmigrantes lleguen a la frontera y los detiene a la fuerza, creando un marco para ataques contra toda la clase obrera.

Cómo la élite gobernante trató de suprimir la revolución
Renovación: la vida después de la Primera Guerra Mundial en fotografías

Paul Mitchell, 8 marzo

Al avanzar por la exhibición, comienza a quedar claro que la principal preocupación del imperialismo británico en el periodo de la posguerra era acabar con la verdadera “renovación” representada por la Revolución bolchevique de 1917 y el “mejor mundo” iniciado en Rusia (del cual, por cierto, no se muestra nada).

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Lærenes streikebølge brer seg over fem kontinenter

Eric London, 8. mars 2019

Fra Bamako til Buenos Aires og fra Sacramento til São Paulo viser lærerernes streikebevegelse klassekampens internasjonale karakter.

Hvorfor er det så lite medieskepsis om Leaving Neverland og filmens påstander om Michael Jackson

David Walsh, 8. mars 2019

Leaving Neverland består hovedsakelig av to menn, Wade Robson og James Safechuck, som detaljerer sine påstander om at sangeren Michael Jackson misbrukte dem seksuelt gjennom mange år, på 1980- og 1990-tallet.

André Previn, allsidig komponist, dirigent og pianist, dør i en alder av 89

Fred Mazelis, 8. mars 2019

Previn ble ofte sammenlignet med Leonard Bernstein, for bredden av sine prestasjoner og sin insistering på å appellere til et bredt publikum.

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La vague de grève des enseignants s'étend sur les cinq continents

Eric London, 8 mars 2019

De Bamako à Buenos Aires et de Sacramento à São Paulo, le mouvement de grève des enseignants montre le caractère international de la lutte des classes.

La fermeture de l'usine GM de Lordstown

Jerry White, 8 mars 2019

La fermeture de cette usine emblématique, le site d’une série de grèves sauvages et d’autres luttes militantes au début des années 1970, est le résultat tragique d’un demi-siècle de trahisons par le syndicat UAW.

Lordstown après le Vietnam

David North, 8 mars 2019

Comme la dernière journée de production de l'usine emblématique avait lieu mardi, le WSWS publie une interview d'un travailleur de GM de Lordstown, publiée le 12 février 1973 dans l'International Workers Bulletin, l'organe hebdomadaire de la Workers League, précurseur du Parti de l'égalité socialiste.

Lock-out à l’Aluminerie de Bécancour au Québec:
Le syndicat soumet aux travailleurs la dernière offre patronale pleine de reculs

Laurent Lafrance, 8 mars 2019

Dans le contexte d’une montée de la lutte des classes au Canada et à l’échelle internationale, le Syndicat des Métallos a systématiquement isolé les travailleurs d’ABI.

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Die Schließung des GM-Werks Lordstown

Jerry White, 8. März 2019

Die Schließung des legendären Autowerks, in dem Anfang der 1970er Jahre viele spontane Streiks und andere militante Kämpfe stattfanden, ist das tragische Ergebnis eines halben Jahrhunderts Verrat der UAW-Gewerkschaft.

Von Lordstown nach Vietnam – und zurück

David North, 8. März 2019

Zur endgültigen Schließung des Traditionswerks Lordstown von General Motors hier ein Interview mit einem GM-Arbeiter, das am 12. Februar 1973 im International Workers Bulletin, der Wochenzeitung der Workers League (Vorläufer der Socialist Equality Party), veröffentlicht wurde.

Lehrerstreiks breiten sich über fünf Kontinente aus

Eric London, 8. März 2019

Die Streikbewegung der Lehrer erstreckt sich von Bamako bis Buenos Aires und von Sacramento bis nach Sao Paulo und zeigt so den internationalen Charakter des Klassenkampfs.

Hessen: Gestapo- Methoden bei der Abschiebung

Marianne Arens, 8. März 2019

Um die Abschiebezahlen hochzutreiben, bedient sich die hessische Landesregierung von CDU und Grünen übelster Polizeistaatsmethoden.

69. Berlinale: „Gott existiert, ihr Name ist Petrunija“ – eine Satire zwischen Zorn und Melancholie

Verena Nees, 8. März 2019

Zorn über die Zustände des winzigen Balkanlands Mazedonien und Sehnsucht nach Gleichheit und Gerechtigkeit: Das ist die zentrale Botschaft dieses erfrischend lebendigen, sehr sehenswerten Films.

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Perspective

Netflix’s Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism

8 March 2019

Netflix is currently presenting to its worldwide audience the virulently anti-Semitic television series, Trotsky, which was originally produced by the Russian state in 2017.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

The attacks on Green Book and the racialist infection of the affluent middle class

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 8 March 2019

The decision to bestow the Best Picture award on Green Book (directed by Peter Farrelly) at the Academy Awards on February 24 has triggered a furious and ongoing response in the American media.

Behind the racist backlash against Green Book

Why is there so little media skepticism about Leaving Neverland and its allegations against Michael Jackson?

By David Walsh, 6 March 2019

André Previn, versatile composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 89

By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2019

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
Brecht: A new film about the famed left-wing German dramatist

By Stefan Steinberg, 5 March 2019

WSWS Archives

From Lordstown to Vietnam and Back

By David North, 7 March 2019

In the wake of the iconic plant’s final day of production Tuesday the WSWS is posting an interview with a GM Lordstown worker published February 12, 1973 in the Bulletin, the weekly organ of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party.

Commentary

Democratic Socialists of America and Jacobin cover for union sellout of Oakland teachers strike

By Norisa Diaz, 8 March 2019

The function of the DSA and other pseudo-left organizations is to provide a political cover for the unions, which are doing everything they can to isolate and suppress the rebellion of teachers.

The betrayal of the Oakland teacher strike and the way forward for students

For a unified struggle of Oakland students and teachers to defend public education!

The shutdown of GM’s Lordstown plant

By Jerry White, 7 March 2019

Report reveals that armed troops were mobilized to force through US aid provocation on Venezuelan border

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2019

Trump Homeland Security chief defends family separation and caging children

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2019

US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10-year high

The fallacies and evasions of the Green New Deal

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 5 March 2019

Bernie Sanders adapts to racial politics at Chicago campaign rally

Days after coming to the brink of all-out war
India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats

Free Julian Assange!

Support builds for Melbourne March 10 rally to demand freedom for Assange

By our reporters, 8 March 2019

The SEP and IYSSE have won the backing of workers, young people and students for the March 10 Melbourne rally to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019

More voices from the Sydney Free Assange rally and Brisbane Livestream meeting

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, March 10!

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

Attend March 10 Solidarity Vigil in London for Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2019

The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Workers Struggles

Sibanye miners still out, but union suspends secondary action
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 March 2019

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) suspended proposed secondary strikes that would have closed South Africa’s gold, platinum and coal mines after a labour court ruled the action illegal.

Demand the unconditional reinstatement of Sri Lankan plantation worker S. Balasubramaniyam!

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil, 7 March 2019

ICFI meeting

Trotskyists campaign in Kolkata for 80th anniversary of the Fourth International meeting
Students and workers discuss India-Pakistan military tensions and the necessity for socialist internationalism

By our correspondents, 8 March 2019

The campaign for the Kolkata meeting is being conducted as military tensions between India and Pakistan intensify.

The Fight Against Fascism

Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”
Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist and prominent opponent of fascism, to speak in US

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

Updated: Letters oppose barring of SEP panel on the fight against fascism from Historical Materialism conference

ISO and DSA bar Socialist Equality Party panel on the fight against fascism from upcoming Historical Materialism conference

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Germany: Socialist Equality Party submits candidates for the European elections

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

SEP meetings launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 6 March 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Oppose Eastern Michigan University’s privatization schemes!

By IYSSE at Eastern Michigan University, 5 March 2019

25 years ago: Clinton on the defensive over Whitewater

On March 7, 1994, US President Bill Clinton was forced to open a press conference with the declaration that his wife, Hillary Clinton, was “not a criminal,” following a widening investigation, begun in January, into allegations about the Whitewater real estate investment in which the Clintons had lost money.

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50 years ago: Scientists organize antiwar protest at MIT

On March 4, 1969, faculty and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who were working on military projects began a work stoppage to protest the misuse of science and technology.

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75 years ago: Greek Stalinists form anti-fascist government

On March 10, 1944, the National Liberation Front (EAM), dominated politically by the Stalinist Communist Party of Greece, formed a Political Committee of National Liberation (PEAA).

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100 years ago: Arrest of nationalist leader sparks revolution in Egypt

On March 8, 1919, the British colonial regime in Egypt, which had occupied the country since 1882, arrested Saad Zaghloul and two other leaders of the Wafd (Delegation) Party, which was soon to become the leading bourgeois-nationalist organization in the country, for continuing to demand that Egyptians be allowed to send a delegation to the imperialist Paris Peace Conference.

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History of the ICFI

From the arsenal of Trotskyism
The Political Report by David North to the International Committee of the Fourth International—February 11, 1984

12 February 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, David North, then the national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), presented at a meeting of the International Committee of the Fourth International a critique of the British Workers Revolutionary Party’s abandonment of key theoretical conceptions and programmatic principles of Trotskyism.

History

How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution
Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2019

Halil Celik, 1961-2018

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

Watch: March to Fight GM Plant Closures

Autoworkers and supporters from across the Midwest marched on February 9 in Detroit to oppose General Motors’ plans for plant closings and layoffs in the US and Canada.

Autoworkers must prepare fight as UAW plans new givebacks in 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019

Striking workers in Matamoros, Mexico support Detroit demonstration against auto layoffs

In this video, striking auto parts workers at Fisher Dynamics in Matamoros, Mexico send their support to last weekend’s demonstration against mass layoffs in the US auto industry called by the Socialist Equality Party.

“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
Maruti Suzuki workers in India send greetings to February 9 protest

Autoworkers, supporters demonstrate in Detroit to oppose GM closures and layoffs

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

Book Review

The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally

By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019

Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.

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.

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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

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