Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2019

Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.

The dictatorial impulse behind Trump’s political purge

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

More on North American immigrant issues »

SEP (Australia) rallies demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 April 2019

“Assange has performed his duty as a journalist to workers, to youth, to the mass of ordinary people around the world. Now, we are obliged to repay that debt which we owe him.”

SGP Chairman Ulrich Rippert addresses free Assange rally in Berlin

13 April 2019

Ulrich Rippert, the chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a rally in front of the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, demanding the freedom of WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange.

Free Julian Assange!

Worldwide outrage over arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

Amid corruption scandals and deals with IMF and Washington, Ecuador’s government betrays Assange

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Comment by John Pilger, 13 April 2019

John Pilger, well-known filmmaker and investigative journalist, issued the following statement on the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London on April 11.

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis speaks out for Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2019

“Journalists, all over the world, who have published material that WikiLeaks made available, should stand up for Julian’s rights.”

Australian PM and Labor Party leader both reject any defence of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 13 April 2019

On the opening day of the federal election campaign, there was sickening bipartisan agreement to help hand the WikiLeaks publisher over to the Trump administration.

SEP (Australia) condemns the arrest of Julian Assange

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

“The fight starts now to prevent his extradition to the United States!”
Supporters to rally in defence of Assange outside Belmarsh Prison, London

By our reporters, 13 April 2019

The protests organised by the Julian Assange Defence Committee and supported by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the WSWS will be held from 4pm today.

Westminster Magistrates Court
Former UK ambassador Craig Murray denounces arrest and conviction of Julian Assange

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

German interior minister tables Intelligence Services “Enabling Act”

By Wolfgang Weber, 13 April 2019

The new law would provide the three intelligence agencies with almost unlimited powers to monitor and spy on domestic and foreign citizens.

Spain seeks rebellion charges against Catalans for complaining of police violence

By Alejandro López, 13 April 2019

In the Orwellian atmosphere being stoked up by the ruling class in the run up to the April 28 general election, it is the victims of police brutality that are denounced as aggressors.

Australian intelligence chief says no need for “reset” after New Zealand fascist attack

By Mike Head, 13 April 2019

The ASIO director-general’s testimony raises further questions about how the violent plans of an Australian fascist supposedly went unnoticed by the state agencies.

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch

Chicago symphony musicians strike defies aristocratic principle

By Kristina Betinis, 13 April 2019

As CSO strike enters sixth week, a right-wing pressure campaign is being mounted to try to force the musicians to make concessions on their pensions.

“We believe in our art and can’t let them take it away”
Chicago symphony musicians defy management offer, continue strike

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

New video emerges of Chicago police officers tasing and beating high school student

By Jacob Crosse, 13 April 2019

The revelation of the incident which took place at the end of January has exposed yet another attempted cover-up inside the Chicago Police Department.

In 3 A.M. ruling, Supreme Court allows Alabama execution to proceed

By Dan Conway, 13 April 2019

For the second time in as many weeks, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of a death row inmate can proceed despite claims that the method of execution, lethal injection, will cause intense pain and suffering.

George Mason University law school receives largest donation in school’s history from estate of far-right judge

By Nick Barrickman and Rhiannon Jones, 13 April 2019

With an influx of tens of millions of dollars from far-right conservative donors, the Antonin Scalia Law School is situating itself as a center of reactionary legal views.

Ontario Tories’ budget: Cuts to public services, tax handouts for big business

By Roger Jordan, 13 April 2019

The media’s claim that the budget contains “no major cuts” is aimed at concealing the fact that the government is engaged in a vast transfer of wealth from workers to the rich.

Sri Lankan writer imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

By our correspondents, 13 April 2019

The SEP and the IYSSE condemn the arrest of award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara and demand his immediate release.

New in Arabic

مائة عام على الأممية الشيوعية

بيتر شفارتز

قبل مائة عام ، بين 2-6 مارس 1919 عقد المؤتمر التأسيسي للأممية الشيوعية الثالثة في موسكو. وعلى الرغم من أن الرحلة كانت صعبة بسب الحرب الأهلية الشرسة والحصار الإمبريالي شارك 51 مندوب في المؤتمر وكان لدى 35 منهم حقوق كاملة في التصويت ومثلوا 17 منظمة ، و16 مندوب لهم صوت استشاري مثلوا 16 منظمة أخرى. وعلى مدى الأعوام التالية سينضم ملايين العمال من أصحاب الآراء الثورية حول العالم إلى الأحزاب الشيوعية وإلى الأممية الثالثة.

New in Norwegian

Løslat Julian Assange!

Uttalelse fra World Socialist Web Sites redaksjonsråd, 13. april 2019

World Socialist Web Site fordømmer på det sterkeste den tvungne pågripelsen og arresteringen av WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren Julian Assange.

Forferdelse over arresteringen av WikiLeaks-utgiver Julian Assange over hele verden

Niles Niemuth, 13. april 2019

Etter nesten sju års innsperring i den ekvadorianske ambassaden i London står Assange nå overfor muligheten for ett år i britisk fengsel og en utlevering til USA.

Midt i korrupsjonsskadaler og avtaler med IMF og Washington bedrar Ecuadors regjering Assange

Bill Van Auken, 13. april 2019

Overlevering av Assange til hans britiske og amerikanske forfølgere er del av en skarp dreining til høyre av den korrupsjonsbefengte regjeringen til Lenín Moreno.

Tyrkia trosser amerikanske trusler og sverger å utplassere russisk luftforsvarssystem

Keith Jones, 13. april 2019

I en kronikk i New York Times signalisete seniorledere fra både demokratene og republikanerne tosidig støtte i Kongressen til Trump-administrasjonens trusler om å ryste Tyrkias økonomi dersom landet utplasserer S-400.

Westminster Magistrates Court
Tidligere britisk ambassadør Craig Murray fordømmer arrestering og domfelling av Julian Assange

vår reporter, 13. april 2019

«Det var ingen jury og ingen sjanse til å mønstre et forsvarlig forsvar eller få en rettmessig høring. Det er klart at dommeren var ekstremt forutinntatt,» sa Murray.

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¡Liberen a Julian Assange!

Consejo Editorial del World Socialist Web Site, 13 abril 2019

El World Socialist Web Site condena enfáticamente la captura forzosa y captura del fundador de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

Indignación mundial por el arresto del editor de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

Niles Niemuth, 13 abril 2019

Después de casi siete años encerrado en la embajada ecuatoriana de Londres, Assange ahora tiene ante sí la posibilidad de pasar un año en una cárcel en el Reino Unido y ser extraditado a los Estados Unidos.

Tribunal de magistrados de Westminster
Exembajador británico, Craig Murray denuncia el arresto y la condena de Julian Assange

nuestro reportero, 13 abril 2019

No hubo ningún jurado ni la oportunidad de realizar una defensa apropiada u obtener una audiencia apropiada. Quedó claro que el juez era extremadamente parcial, señaló Murray.

En medio de escándalos de corrupción y acuerdos con el FMI y Washington, el gobierno de Ecuador traiciona a Assange

Bill Van Auken, 13 abril 2019

La entrega de Assange a sus perseguidores británicos y estadounidenses es parte de un agudo impulso hacia la derecha por parte del gobierno salpicado de corrupción de Lenín Moreno.

La Casa Blanca intensificará su ofensiva antiinmigrante

Patrick Martin, 13 abril 2019

Varios reportes de la prensa indican que el Gobierno de Trump está ejerciendo presión a favor de nuevas medidas antiinmigrantes, incluyendo la separación forzada de los solicitantes de asilo y sus hijos.

¿Qué camino seguir en la lucha contra la dictadura militar de Argelia?

Alex Lantier, 13 abril 2019

Después del levantamiento de 2011 y el golpe militar de 2013 en Egipto, existe un amplio sentimiento de que las protestas de los militantes de masas por sí mismas no pueden derrocar a una clase dominante arraigada.

¿Nuevas burocracias sindicales o poder obrero independiente?
Lecciones de la rebelión en Matamoros: Cuarta Parte

Andrea Lobo, 13 abril 2019

Las clases gobernantes de EUA y Europa están promoviendo a sindicatos que se autoproclaman “independientes” en México, asociados, financiados y en algunos casos creados por la federación sindical estadounidense, AFL-CIO.

New in French

L’arrestation de Julian Assange, éditeur de WikiLeaks, suscite l’indignation dans le monde entier

Niles Niemuth, 13 avril 2019

Après près de sept ans d’emprisonnement à l’ambassade d’Équateur à Londres, Assange risque maintenant un an de prison au Royaume-Uni et l’extradition vers les États-Unis.

Libérez Julian Assange!

Déclaration du Comité de rédaction du World Socialist Web Site, 13 avril 2019

Le World Socialist Web Site condamne catégoriquement l'arrestation par la force du fondateur de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

Sur fond de scandales de corruption et d'accords avec le FMI et Washington, le gouvernement équatorien trahit Assange

Bill Van Auken, 13 avril 2019

La remise d’Assange à ses persécuteurs britanniques et américains fait partie d’un virage à droite par le gouvernement entâché de corruption de Lenin Moreno.

Macron s’empare des agressions de Roms pour censurer les réseaux sociaux

Kumaran Ira, 13 avril 2019

Les agressions des Roms sont une atteinte aux droits démocratiques dont la principale responsabilité revient à la propagande nationaliste de gouvernements successifs.

Les sondages indiquent que les conservateurs unis, populistes de droite, remporteront les élections en Alberta

Janet Browning et Riksen Stewart, 13 avril 2019

Si M. Kenney est en mesure de lancer des appels réactionnaires aussi ouvertement, c'est parce que le gouvernement néo-démocrate de l'Alberta, appuyé par les syndicats, a imposé l'austérité et défendu les intérêts des grandes pétrolières.

New in German

Neue Gewerkschaftsbürokratie oder Arbeitermacht?
Lehren aus der Rebellion der Arbeiter von Matamoros: Dritter Teil

Andrea Lobo, 13. April 2019

Die Streikwelle an der US-mexikanischen Grenze liefert wichtige Erkenntnisse für die neue Bewegung, die sich jetzt weltweit in der Arbeiterklasse entwickelt.

Weltweite Empörung über Verhaftung von WikiLeaks-Herausgeber Julian Assange

Niles Niemuth, 13. April 2019

Nachdem Assange fast sieben Jahre in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London festsaß, droht ihm jetzt ein Jahr Haft in Großbritannien und die Auslieferung an die USA.

SGP-Vorsitzender Rippert spricht auf Free-Assange-Demo in Berlin

Ulrich Rippert, 13. April 2019

Der SGP-Vorsitzende Ulrich Rippert spricht auf einer Kundgebung zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange vor der britischen Botschaft in Berlin. Er erklärt, warum nur die Mobilisierung der internationalen Arbeiterklasse die Meinungsfreiheit verteidigen kann.

Deutsche Medien denunzieren Assange

Peter Schwarz, 13. April 2019

Liest man die Kommentare der deutschen Medien zur Verhaftung von Julian Assange, kann man nur folgern, dass es um Demokratie und Meinungsfreiheit in Deutschland schlecht bestellt ist.

Bayer baut 4.500 Arbeitsplätze in Deutschland ab

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 13. April 2019

In Deutschland trifft der Abbau fast jede siebte der 32.000 Stellen. Am stärksten betroffen ist der Stammsitz in Leverkusen. Eine Verteidigung der Arbeitsplätze ist nur gegen Betriebsrat und IGBCE möglich.

New in Russian

Британская полиция арестовала Джулиана Ассанжа в эквадорском посольстве

Оскар Гренфелл, 12 апреля 2019 г.

«Изгнание Ассанжа из посольства и его арест — беспрецедентные преступления, — сказал Джеймс Коган, национальный секретарь ПСР (Австралия). — Журналисту и издателю, который не совершил никакого преступления, было отказано в убежище, и его забрали в тюрьму в нарушение неоднократных решений ООН, подтверждающих его статус политического беженца».

Забастовка польских учителей против социальной катастрофы, вызванной капиталистической реставрацией

Клара Вайс и Джерри Уайт, 12 апреля 2019 г.

Сотни тысяч работников образования продолжают свою забастовку против крайне правого правительства Польши и его политики жесткой экономии и социальной реакции.

New in Portuguese

O socialismo assombra a classe dominante dos EUA

Andre Damon, 12 Abril 2019

Desde que Donald Trump jurou em seu discurso sobre o Estado da União que “os Estados Unidos nunca serão um país socialista”, o presidente adotou o anti-socialismo como o tema de sua campanha de reeleição para 2020.

New in Turkish

Britanya polisi, Julian Assange’ı Ekvador büyükelçiliğinde gözaltına aldı

Oscar Grenfell, 12 Nisan 2019

Ekvador Devlet Başkanı Lenin Moreno yönetimi, Julian Assange’ın siyasi sığınmasına yasadışı bir şekilde son verdi ve Britanya polisini onu gözaltına almak üzere ülkenin Londra büyükelçiliğine davet etti.

SEP (Avustralya): Julian Assange’ın gözaltına alınmasını mahkum ediyoruz

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Avustralya) Siyasi Komitesi, 12 Nisan 2019

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, Ekvador hükümetinin WikiLeaks yayıncısı Julian Assange’a siyasi sığınma tanımayı sona erdirmeye karar vermesini ve onu gözaltına alması için Britanya polisine kapıyı açmasını kesin bir şekilde mahkum eder.

İşçi Partisi oyları çökerken
Netanyahu dördüncü hükümetini kurmaya hazırlanıyor

Jean Shaoul, 12 Nisan 2019

İsrailli seçmenlerin, sunulan siyasi perspektife düşmanlıklarını ifade edecek hiçbir siyasi araca sahip olmayan neredeyse yüzde 40’ı, sandığa gitmemiştir.

New in Urdu

نیوزی لینڈ پر دہشتگردی کا حملہ اور فاشزم کا بین الاقوامی خطرہ

ٹوم پیٹر

مسلح شخص نے جو دہشتگردی کی کارروائی کی اْسے تیار کیاگیا تھا جسے فاشسٹوں کے بین الاقوامی نیٹ ورک اور سفید نسل پرستوں کی جانب سے عمل میں لایاگیا ۔

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Julian Assange’s life is in danger

13 April 2019

The official indictment by the US government against Assange is a transparent lie, aimed at providing the UK with a legal cover to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured commentary

The reactionary role of national opportunist politics in Latin America
WSWS rejects invitation to conference of political bankrupts in Buenos Aires

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2019

The conference in Buenos Aires has been called to found “a new left” with “no strings attached and no constraints of any ‘holy scriptures.’”

The Fight Against Fascism

Princeton University provides $300,000 in funding for right-wing historian and propagandist Jörg Baberowski

By David North, 10 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley

By Gabriel Black, 10 April 2019

“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.


College admissions scandal in the US: An inevitable product of malignant levels of social inequality

By David Walsh, 12 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

Which way forward for the struggle against Algeria’s military dictatorship?

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2019

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush wins defamation lawsuit against Murdoch media

By Linda Tenenbaum, 12 April 2019

Libya’s descent into civil war: The bitter fruit of the pseudo-left's pro-imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2019

Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis

By Jerry White, 10 April 2019

Corruption probe engulfs top UAW executives

Arts Review

Ash is the Purest White: Finding one’s way in “the new ‘capitalist’ China”
And Working Woman from Israel

By David Walsh, 13 April 2019

Jia Zhangke has demonstrated a concern with the fate of workers and others whose lives have been turned upside down by the full integration of China into the global capitalist economy.

Emilio Estevez’s The Public: The homeless refuse to freeze to death

By Joanne Laurier, 11 April 2019

Flint, a play at the University of Michigan: Stuck, unfortunately, in the quagmire of racial politics

By Joanne Laurier, 10 April 2019

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

By Charles Hixson and Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2019


First imagery of black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 11 April 2019

The results from the planet-wide array of radio telescopes are the first direct measurements of the structure of a black hole and its surrounding environment.

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

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

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

Workers Struggles

Police attack teachers in Kolkata; thousands of Bangladesh jute mill workers protest
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

13 April 2019

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

Arbitrary wage cuts imposed on Sri Lankan estate workers

By W.A. Sunil, 12 April 2019

Quebec premier backs ABI in extorting massive concessions from locked-out workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 April 2019

Lower turnout for second one-day strike at California universities and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 11 April 2019

University of California service and patient care technicians on one-day strike

A letter from a young US Postal Service worker

By Côme Crozier, 11 April 2019

Teamsters working with YRC trucking companies to impose concessions contract

By Steve Filips, 9 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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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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