Polish teachers launch nationwide strike

By Clara Weiss, 9 April 2019

Over 86 percent of the country’s 400,000 teachers have joined the first nationwide strike of teachers in Poland in 25 years.

Mexico’s López Obrador attacks teachers through right-wing education reform

Libya on the brink of all-out civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2019

Eight years after the US and NATO launched a war for regime-change under humanitarian pretenses, conditions for the masses in Libya remain catastrophic.

Israel holds most right-wing elections in its history

By Jean Shaoul, 9 April 2019

The rival campaigns are inextricably linked to the Greater Israel project of Zionist expansion upon which the wealth of Israel’s elite depends.

Netanyahu pledges to annex West Bank if re-elected

Germany: State prosecutor persecutes artists group for criticising far-right AfD

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 9 April 2019

For the past 16 months the prosecutor’s office in the city of Gera has been investigating an artistic association known as the Center for Political Beauty on suspicion of “forming a criminal organisation.”

In leaked court testimony, Assange denounces his illegal detention

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 April 2019

The WikiLeaks founder declared: “No journalist, no citizen, should accept that what they speak about can be defined from day to day by reasons of political expediency.”

Video: SEP (Australia) Assistant National Secretary Cheryl Crisp calls for defence of Assange

By our reporters, 9 April 2019

“The SEP will make the defence of Assange a central issue in the upcoming Australian federal election.”

Workers and youth in Australia support Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 9 April 2019

SEP campaigners found a deep well of opposition to the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder over his exposure of the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of the US and its allies.

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

Defend Julian Assange!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Free Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange! »

US labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2019

Trump and Pompeo made a point of threatening other foreign countries, officials and businesses with retaliatory sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

Algerian army purges intelligence agencies as anti-regime protests grow

By Alex Lantier, 9 April 2019

Amid growing popular distrust of the army, the army is firing top intelligence officials implicated in the regime’s crimes during Algeria’s bloody 1992-2002 civil war.

Teamsters working with YRC trucking companies to impose concessions contract

By Steve Filips, 9 April 2019

A tentative agreement has been announced between the company and the union while workers are being kept in the dark in order to forestall opposition to what is undoubtedly another sellout deal.

Tennessee teachers organize protests over educational funding and vouchers

By Warren Duzak, 9 April 2019

Tennessee teachers are joining the growing protests across the US to defend public education and oppose privatization schemes.

Philadelphia Community College teachers face union sellout

By Tom Eley, 9 April 2019

The deal, which must be voted on by the membership, would create a permanent category of lower-paid educators.

Mississippi teachers threaten first strike since 1985

University of Illinois at Chicago grad student union pushes sellout contract

Over 10,000 rally in Toronto against Tories’ education cuts

By our Reporters, 9 April 2019

Demonstrators expressed their anger at the Ontario government’s plans to hike class sizes, cut thousands of teaching positions, slash funding for children with special needs, and gut student aid.

UK: Jury fails to reach verdict against top police officer over Hillsborough football disaster

By Barry Mason, 9 April 2019

Former Yorkshire police chief superintendent David Duckenfield was charged with the criminal offence of gross negligence manslaughter of 95 of the supporters.

Right-wing Italian authorities threaten migrant rescuer with 20 years in prison

By Allison Smith, 9 April 2019

Miguel Roldán Espinosa, a Spanish firefighter, is under criminal investigation and faces a potentially lengthy prison sentence.

Guatemala and El Salvador discuss amnesty for war criminals

By Andrea Lobo, 9 April 2019

The ruling class is calling for forgiving and forgetting the mass murder, torture and other crimes carried out by US-backed dictatorships.

Samjhauta Express bombing:
Indian Court allows violent Hindu supremacists to go scot-free

By Kranti Kumara, 9 April 2019

In what is a consistent pattern in cases involving Hindu communalist violence against Muslims, an Indian court has exonerated four Hindu extremists implicated in a 2007 bombing that killed 68.

Sri Lankan government prepares new anti-terrorism laws

By Dilruwan Vithanage and Saman Gunadasa, 9 April 2019

The new bill surpasses the hated PTA measures and will be used to suppress the upsurge of opposition against Colombo’s harsh austerity measures.

IMF endorses Sri Lankan government budget

New in Russian

«Независимый» профсоюз способствует закрытию завода «Форд» в России

Клара Вайс, 9 апреля 2019 г.

Межрегиональный профсоюз «Рабочая ассоциация» (МПРА) заблокировал оппозицию планам американского автомобильного гиганта закрыть три завода и уйди с рынка легковых автомобилей.

New in Portuguese

Netanyahu recebe Bolsonaro de braços abertos durante visita a Israel

Jean Shaoul, 9 Abril 2019

Sob o governo Netanyahu, Israel tornou-se um polo de atração para ideólogos de extrema direita, ultranacionalistas e neofascistas de todo o mundo.

Centenas de motoristas da Uber e Lyft entram em greve em Los Angeles

Dan Conway, 9 Abril 2019

A greve foi iniciada depois do recente anúncio da Uber de reduzir em 25% o valor da milha pago aos motoristas em Los Angeles e parte do condado de Orange.

New in Spanish

El socialismo atormenta a la clase gobernante estadounidense

Andre Damon, 9 abril 2019

Desde que Donald Trump prometió en su discurso del Estado de la Unión que “Estados Unidos nunca será un país socialista”, el presidente ha hecho del antisocialismo el tema central de su campaña de reelección de 2020.

Netanyahu se compromete a anexarse Cisjordania si es reelegido

Jean Shaoul, 9 abril 2019

Netanyahu, respaldado por Trump, ha repudiado efectivamente todo el orden internacional posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial, señalando nuevas guerras de conquista y engrandecimiento territorial.

New in French

Le socialisme hante la classe dirigeante américaine

Andre Damon, 9 avril 2019

Depuis que Donald Trump a juré dans son discours sur l’état de l’union que «l’Amérique ne sera jamais un pays socialiste», le président a adopté la lutte contre le socialisme comme le thème dominant de la campagne pour sa réélection en 2020.

Assange fait face à des menaces permanentes à l'ambassade de l'Équateur à Londres

Oscar Grenfell, 9 avril 2019

Bien que le gouvernement équatorien ait nié qu’Assange serait expulsé «immédiatement» de l’ambassade, ce premier n’a pas contesté que des plans étaient en cours pour mettre fin à son asile politique.

Les vigies du week-end à Londres exigent la liberté pour Assange

nos journalistes, 9 avril 2019

Aux côtés de membres de longue date de la campagne «Defendez Assange», des membres du Parti de l’égalité socialiste ont assisté à la vigie de Londres, qui a reçu du soutien de partout.

Les fascistes montent un pogrom contre la population rom en Italie

Marianne Arens, 9 avril 2019

Les fascistes enhardis par le gouvernement italien, bénéficient de peu de soutien au sein de la population.

Le tueur fasciste de Nouvelle-Zélande comparaît devant le tribunal

Hayden Johns, 9 avril 2019

Les pressions exercées pour que Brenton Tarrant ne soit pas accusé de terrorisme s'inscrivent dans le cadre des efforts visant à étouffer le débat sur les motivations politiques à l'origine du massacre du 15 mars.

«Nous sommes l'avenir. Donnez-nous ce qu’il nous faut!»
Des milliers d'élèves de l'Ontario manifestent contre les coupes en éducation

nos reporters, 9 avril 2019

L'initiative dirigée par des étudiants a vu des milliers de personnes se rassembler dans toute la province contre le gouvernement de droite de Doug Ford.

Il y a 25 ans: Le suicide de Kurt Cobain

9 avril 2019

Le 8 avril 1994, le chanteur de Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, était retrouvé mort à Seattle par suite d'une blessure par balle à la tête.

New in German

Amerikanische herrschende Klasse fühlt sich vom Sozialismus verfolgt

Andre Damon, 9. April 2019

Seitdem Donald Trump in seiner Rede zur Lage der Nation beschwor, dass „Amerika nie ein sozialistisches Land sein wird“, hat der US-Präsident den Antisozialismus als bestimmendes Thema seiner Wahlkampagne 2020 aufgegriffen.

Netanjahu verspricht Annektierung des Westjordanlands im Falle eines Wahlsiegs

Jean Shaoul, 9. April 2019

Mit Trumps Unterstützung setzt sich Netanjahu faktisch über die gesamte internationale Nachkriegsordnung hinweg und kündigt neue Eroberungskriege und Gebietserweiterungen an.

Frankfurter Fachhochschule: Studierende gegen AfD-Auftritt

Marianne Arens, 9. April 2019

Trotz heftiger Studierendenproteste trat auch Die Linke am 5. April gemeinsam mit Jörg Meuthen zur Wahlversammlung auf und verschaffte der AfD damit eine Plattform für ihre rechtsradikale Hetze.

Bertelsmann-Studie: Horrende Armut im Ruhrgebiet und deutschen Großstädten

Elisabeth Zimmermann, 9. April 2019

Die Polarisierung zwischen Arm und Reich ist das Ergebnis jahrzehntelanger sozialer Kahlschlagpolitik auf Bundes-, Landes- und kommunaler Ebene.

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Perspective

The dictatorial impulse behind Trump’s political purge

9 April 2019

The abrupt firing of the DHS secretary and Secret Service chief are part of an effort to surround Trump with a loyal praetorian guard.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Bernie Sanders joins Trump’s attack on “open borders”

By Tom Hall, 9 April 2019

Sanders echoed the right-wing fraud that a nation with nearly 600 billionaires, whose net worth totals over $3 trillion, cannot afford to welcome people emigrating to the US to work.

The Fight Against Fascism

“What will be required is a very high level of political and historical awareness”
David North appeals to readers to attend US meetings against fascism

SEP (US) National Chairman David North said, "The visit next month of Comrade Christoph Vandreier to the United States is simply the application of a strategy of the international organization of the working class against the fascist threat. They will not conquer again, we can be certain of that."

David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

2 April 2019

“In order to fight fascism, we must understand where it comes from.”
Author Christoph Vandreier to tour US

Christoph Vandreier, author of the newly released book Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany, explains the importance of his upcoming speaking tour in the US.

Commentary

Socialism haunts the American ruling class

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2019

Factional provocation, middle-class hysteria, and the collapse of the International Socialist Organization

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 April 2019

Factionally motivated denunciations of an alleged cover-up of sexual assault in 2013 were revived to instigate a leadership purge and liquidate the ISO.

Trump calls for more cheap money for financial markets

By Nick Beams, 8 April 2019

US Homeland Security chief forced out as anti-immigrant crackdown looms

By Eric London, 8 April 2019

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants

The threat to close the US-Mexico border

America the Barbaric

By Niles Niemuth, 6 April 2019

“An excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse, and prisoner deaths”
Federal report exposes horrific levels of abuse in Alabama prisons

Replying to Woody Allen suit, Amazon acknowledges McCarthyite character of #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 6 April 2019

Boeing CEO praised “streamlined” oversight of 737 plane that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia

By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019

Why aren’t Boeing executives being prosecuted for the 737 Max 8 crashes?

The political implications of the Corbyn/May Brexit talks

By Chris Marsden, 5 April 2019

UK elite Parachute Regiment use Corbyn poster for target practice

May offers Corbyn “national unity” Brexit agreement talks

More on Brexit »

Arts Review

“Tarrafal Never Again!” exhibition in Lisbon exposes horrors of Portugal’s fascist concentration camp

By Charles Hixson and Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2019

The museum exhibition includes photographs of the arid, isolated prison, Portuguese government dossiers detailing the lives and deaths of individual prisoners under the most wretched conditions, and moving testimony from survivors.

Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike: Provocation and pessimism from the Atlanta rap artist

By Nick Barrickman, 8 April 2019

Jordan Peele’s horror film, Us: “Us” and them

By Kevin Martinez, 6 April 2019

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo: A drama of the British working class

By David Walsh, 5 April 2019

An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do…is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

By David Walsh, 5 April 2019

Workers Struggles

US independent trucker group calls for shutdown, protests in Argentina against austerity
Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 April 2019

A group of US owner-operator truckers has set April 12 for a protest over rates and regulatory issues, while tens of thousands in Argentina marched to protest the Macri government’s anti-worker economic policies.

“Music is too powerful to be silenced by tyranny”
Chicago symphony musicians host packed concerts as strike reaches turning point

By George Marlowe, 6 April 2019

Another steelworker killed at ArcelorMittal in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019

“We are the future. Give us what we need!”
Thousands of Ontario students walk out to protest school cuts

By our reporters, 6 April 2019

Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019

Australia: Tasmanian teachers take strike action

By Frank Gaglioti, 6 April 2019

As Mexican president calls Mussolini a “great leader”
Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros

By Andrea Lobo, 2 April 2019

More on the defense of public education »

“If the UAW was bought, we should get it all back”
Former UAW vice president pleads guilty to conspiracy in bribery scheme

By Jerry White, 3 April 2019

Corruption probe engulfs top UAW executives

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part two

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part three

By Andrea Lobo, 3 April 2019

25 years ago: The suicide of Kurt Cobain

On April 8, 1994, Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle, Washington home, from a gunshot wound to the head.

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50 years ago: Harvard students occupy campus building

On April 9, 1969, Harvard University students began a series of protests against the Vietnam War. About 500 students held an occupation of the school’s administration building.

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75 years ago: Bombay ship explosion kills over 800

On April 14, 1944, the SS Fort Stikine, a British armaments ship, exploded at the Victoria Dock of Bombay, the Indian financial capital now known as Mumbai.

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100 years ago: British massacre hundreds in Punjab

On April 13, 1919, British Indian Army troops under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired into a crowd of people demonstrating in the Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden in the Punjabi city of Amritsar, site of the Sikh Golden Temple.

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Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2019

Moreno accused Assange of “repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum,” to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.

Chelsea Manning files motion for immediate release pending appeal

By Kevin Reed, 3 April 2019

Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning »

History

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee and SEP hold powerful conference

By our correspondents, 20 March 2019

Support grows for Sri Lankan plantation workers’ conference

Socialist Equality Party of Germany certified to stand in European elections

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian Trotskyists hold Kolkata public meeting to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 13 March 2019

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

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 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.

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)

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

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.

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