Two thousand nurses and support staff strike at Toledo, Ohio hospital

By Jerry White, 8 May 2019

Nurses, technicians and other support staff walked out at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Monday to fight against increased workloads and out-of-pocket health care costs.

Uber drivers to participate in global strike

By Leslie Murtagh and Jesse Thomas, 8 May 2019

Thousands of Uber and other ride-sharing drivers around the world will strike on Wednesday to protest low wages and the spread of casualized labor.

One dead, seven injured in Denver, Colorado suburb school shooting

By Shelley Connor, 8 May 2019

A shooting at a public charter school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on Tuesday afternoon took place just a few miles from the site of the 1999 Columbine shooting.

“We need to save his life. That’s how serious it is”
Pamela Anderson and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief visit Julian Assange in prison

By Laura Tiernan, 8 May 2019

Anderson condemned the state persecution of her friend as a “misrule of law in operation.”

Britain: National Union of Journalists World Press Freedom Day event ignores Julian Assange

Betraying my principles is “a much worse prison than the government can construct”
After nearly two months in jail, Chelsea Manning submits powerful appeal for release

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

South African elections held amid rising social discontent and alienation from ANC

By Eddie Haywood, 8 May 2019

If the African National Congress secures a majority in today’s poll, as expected, this is only a testament to the political rottenness of the main opposition parties.

Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly joins board of migrant detention firm

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 May 2019

The retired general and anti-immigrant demagogue is profiting from the draconian policies he helped implement while working in the Trump administration.

“We want him to come to graduation!”
Arizona students demand release of classmate detained by immigration agents

By Norisa Diaz, 8 May 2019

Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.

Democrats line up behind Trump’s war on immigrants
NY Times demands: “Give Trump his border money”

Teachers walking out statewide today in Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 8 May 2019

The SEP calls for the creation of rank-and-file committees to unite all educators, workers, parents and students in a common fight across the United States and internationally.

Boeing continues to whitewash 737 crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 8 May 2019

Aviation journalist Rytis Beresnevičius: “The press release is just Boeing shifting the blame somewhere else. They are defending their greed.”

Amid more damning revelations
Boeing CEO seeks to shift blame for deadly crashes onto pilots

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

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

Georgia governor signs “heartbeat” anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 8 May 2019

The “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act” marks a new stage in an orchestrated campaign to outlaw abortion.

Canada’s Liberal government abets US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela

By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2019

Last week Canada proclaimed its support for Guaidó’s coup attempt and stepped up its efforts to bring to power a far-right, pro-imperialist regime in Caracas.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela

Hands off Venezuela!

The extreme right in the European elections

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2019

The growth of the extreme right is the result of the systematic political, ideological and organisational support provided by the media, the establishment parties and the state.

UK government seeks to deny legal aid to Shamima Begum

By Paul Bond, 8 May 2019

Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked Begum’s British citizenship last year, leaving her and her new-born baby stranded in appalling conditions and stateless.

Panama election a distorted expression of growing opposition to austerity

By Andrea Lobo, 8 May 2019

The election came after a year dominated by strikes, including by teachers, construction workers and a general strike against an electricity rate hike.

Anti-Muslim witch-hunt after terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 8 May 2019

Alongside a vicious campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda, hundreds of people have been arrested in house-to-house police operations.

Sri Lankan president steps up military crackdown

Sri Lankan SEP denounces political parties’ support for President Sirisena’s police state measures

Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.

Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist

More on the Trump presidency »

New in Turkish

ABD İran’ı savaşla tehdit ediyor

Keith Jones, 8 Mayıs 2019

ABD Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı John Bolton, uçak gemisi U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln ile ABD Hava Kuvvetleri’ne ait bombardıman uçaklarının İran’ı tehdit etmek üzere konuşlandırıldığını duyurdu.

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Macron rejette le critiques par l’ONU des violences policières contre les «gilets jaunes»

Anthony Torres, 8 mai 2019

La répression brutale menée par Macron, qui a fait des milliers de victimes, a choqué des millions de gens dans le monde entier.

Menace de guerre des États-Unis contre l'Iran

Keith Jones, 8 mai 2019

Le caractère aventureux et criminel des actions de Washington ne peut être exagéré. Une attaque américaine contre l’Iran menace de déclencher une guerre à l’échelle du Moyen-Orient et d’y entraîner rapidement les autres grandes puissances, qu'elles soient impérialistes ou non.

La Maison-Blanche va lancer de nouvelles menaces tarifaires à l'encontre de la Chine

Nick Beams, 8 mai 2019

L'annonce par Trump d'une hausse des tarifs douaniers dimanche a provoqué une forte réaction sur les marchés mondiaux: l'indice de Shanghai a terminé en baisse de près de 6 % hier, après son pire jour depuis plus de trois ans.

Le «socialisme» nationaliste de Bernie Sanders

Patrick Martin, 8 mai 2019

Sanders présente les travailleurs chinois, le plus grand contingent de la classe ouvrière internationale, comme l'ennemi des travailleurs américains.

Les dessous de la véhémente réaction raciste contre Green Book

Hiram Lee et Andre Damon, 8 mai 2019

Le film Green Book est très populaire depuis son lancement fin 2018, aux États-Unis mais aussi dans le reste du monde. L’Oscar de meilleur film qu’il avait obtenu fin février avait déclenché une réaction furieuse de la part de larges sections de l’establishment politique

New in Spanish

Estados Unidos amenaza con guerra a Irán

Por Keith Jones, 8 mayo 2019

El carácter imprudente y criminal de las acciones de Washington no puede exagerarse. Un ataque estadounidense contra Irán amenaza con desatar una guerra más amplia en Oriente Próximo, involucrando a las otras grandes potencias, incluyendo las imperialistas.

Los demócratas apoyan guerra de Trump contra inmigrantes
New York Times: “Denle a Trump su dinero para la frontera”

Por Kevin Martínez, 8 mayo 2019

Al apilarse la muerte y miseria a lo largo de la frontera sur de EUA, el Partido Demócrata está indicando su apoyo a una mayor represión.

Después de huelgas en Matamoros, el gobierno mexicano promulga ley para “sindicatos democráticos”

por Alex González, 8 mayo 2019

La ley es una respuesta al resurgimiento de la lucha de clases y una demanda clave para la aprobación del T-MEC.

Redes neonazis en ejército estadounidense expuestas

Por Jacob Crosse, 8 mayo 2019

Una reciente investigación independiente ha mostrado que múltiples grupos supremacistas blancos están operando libremente en todas las ramas del ejército.

La clase dominante alemana teme el espectro del socialismo

Por Johannes Stern, 8 mayo 2019

Lo que teme la clase gobernante es el crecimiento de la oposición social y política de los trabajadores y jóvenes en Alemania, Europa y todo el mundo.

Informe de apertura del Mitin En Línea Internacional del Primero de Mayo
El resurgir de la lucha de clases y la lucha por el socialismo

Por David North, 8 mayo 2019

Estamos publicando aquí el texto del informe de apertura del Mitin En Línea Internacional del Primero de Mayo de 2019 a cargo de David North.

New in Norwegian

USA truer Iran med krig

Keith Jones, 8. mai 2019

Den hensynsløse og kriminelle karakteren av Washingtons handlinger kan ikke overdrives. Et amerikansk angrep på Iran truer med å antenne en Midtøsten-dekkende krig som raskt kunne trekke inn andre imperialiststater og stormakter.

Å betra mine prinsipper vil være «et mye verre fengsel enn regjeringen kan bygge»
Etter nesten to-måneders fengsling melder Chelsea Manning kraftig appeal om løslatelse

Niles Niemuth, 8. mai 2019

Manning er fengslet for forakt for retten etter at hun nektet å vitne for en storjury nedsatt for å fremskaffe falske anklager mot WikiLeaks-utgiveren og journalisten Julian Assange.

Amerikanske militærtrusler tiltar i kjølvannet av kuppfiaskoen i Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 8. mai 2019

Både utenriksminister Pompeo og den amerikansk marionetten Juan Guaidó sier at «militære alternativer» vurderes.

Video: På Sydney-demonstrasjon krever Assanges far at den australske regjeringen må sikre sønnens løslatelse

8. mai 2019

Fredagens protestsamling i Sydney ble avholdt to dager etter at Assange ble dømt av en britisk domstol til 50-uker-fengsling på falske kausjonsanklager.

Storbritannia: Det nasjonale journalistforbundets arrangement for Den internasjonale dagen for pressefrihet ignorerte Assange

Paul Mitchell, 8. mai 2019

På National Union of Journalists’ (NUJ) arrangement for Den internasjonale dagen for pressefrihet var det ikke en eneste omtale av Assange fra noen av talerne på podiet, som alle hevdet å være forkjempere for pressefrihet.

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Meine Prinzipien zu verraten wäre „weit schlimmer als jedes Gefängnis, in das mich die Regierung werfen kann“
Chelsea Manning: Eindringlicher Appell zur Freilassung nach fast zwei Monaten Haft

Niles Niemuth, 8. Mai 2019

Manning sitzt wegen „Missachtung des Gerichts“ in Beugehaft. Sie weigert sich, vor einer Grand Jury auszusagen, die fingierte Anklagepunkte gegen den WikiLeaks-Herausgeber und Journalisten Julian Assange sammelt.

US drohen Iran mit Krieg

Keith Jones, 8. Mai 2019

Ein Angriff der USA auf den Iran droht, einen Krieg im gesamten Nahen Osten auszulösen und die anderen imperialistischen und Großmächte rasch einzubeziehen.

Weißes Haus droht mit neuen Zöllen gegen China

Nick Beams, 8. Mai 2019

Die Weltmärkte reagieren heftig auf Trumps Ankündigung einer Zollerhöhung vom Sonntag. Der Shanghaier Aktienindex beendete am Montag seinen schlechtesten Tag seit drei Jahren mit einem Verlust von fast sechs Prozent.

Unterstützt den Wahlkampf der SGP! Spendet für die Kampagne zur Verteidigung von Julian Assange!

Christoph Vandreier, 8. Mai 2019

Die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) nutzt ihren Europawahlkampf, um für die sofortige Freilassung von Julian Assange zu kämpfen.

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Perspective

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

8 May 2019

Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

India’s election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction

By Keith Jones, 8 May 2019

The BJP’s turn to militarism and unabashed communal reaction is animated, above all, by its fear of growing social opposition.

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Tom Peters.

A socialist perspective against the return of fascism in Europe

By Christoph Vandreier, 8 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Christoph Vandreier.

The persecution of Assange and Manning is an attack on the working class

Greetings to Chinese workers and youth on the centenary of the May 4 movement

May Day 2019: The resurgence of the class struggle and the fight for socialism

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

Commentary

US threatens Iran with war

By Keith Jones, 7 May 2019

White House to push ahead on new tariff threats against China

By Nick Beams, 7 May 2019

Conflicts flare between Trump and House Democrats

By Patrick Martin, 7 May 2019

The nationalist “socialism” of Bernie Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2019

UK: Renewed Brexit talks deepen splits in both Conservatives and Labour

By Robert Stevens, 7 May 2019

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

By Jean Shaoul, 6 May 2019

The German ruling class fears the spectre of socialism

By Johannes Stern, 6 May 2019

More on US militarism »

An assembly of political bankrupts: Historical Materialism and Jacobin host “Socialism in Our Time” conference

By Joseph Kishore, 16 April 2019

Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics

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

Arts Review

Clergy: An uncompromising film about the hypocrisy and corruption of the Catholic Church in Poland

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 May 2019

Wojciech Smarzowski’s latest offering was released in Poland in the autumn of 2018 and broke several box office records.

Red Joan: A British spy story skirts some issues

By Fred Mazelis, 6 May 2019

Documentary about the brutal 2014 disappearance of teachers’ college students
The 43: A state massacre and cover-up in Mexico

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 4 May 2019

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Former Australian PM denounces anti-China witch-hunt of intelligence agencies

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 8 May 2019

Paul Keating’s outburst highlights the degree to which Australia and its military and security agencies have been integrated into the US war drive against China.

SEP candidates address election meetings in Australia to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our reporters, 8 May 2019

The SEP, which is running eight candidates in Australia’s federal election, held public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Workers and youth defend Assange and democratic rights at SEP (Australia) meetings

By our reporters, 8 May 2019

“Politicians have a vested interest in keeping him behind bars, so it will require a broad mobilisation of people to save Assange and defend our rights.”

SEP election meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane
Vote Socialist Equality Party! No to War and Austerity! For Socialism and Internationalism!

7 May 2019

The Labor Party tries to “save capitalism”

Victorian Socialists’ fake left election campaign

Join the fight for international socialism!
To halt climate change, capitalism must be abolished

Liberal and Labor compete in stoking anti-refugee scare-mongering

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the 2019 Australian Federal Election
No to Militarism and War! For Socialism and Internationalism!

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

Free Assange and Manning

Video: At Sydney rally Assange’s father demands Australian government secure son’s release

7 May 2019

Two days after Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail, protesters rallied in Sydney’s Martin Place.

The imperialist “lie in the soul”
Politicians celebrate “World Press Freedom Day” as Julian Assange languishes in prison

By David Walsh, 4 May 2019

Attend Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting in London
Free Julian Assange, Free Chelsea Manning!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

History

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part One

By Peter Symonds, 4 May 2019

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

Workers Struggles

Workers at Airbus’ Montreal facility repudiate union-backed, concessionary contract
Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 May 2019

Some 1,000 workers at Bombardier voted by a 73 percent margin to vote a union-backed concessions deal and then voted overwhelmingly to grant strike authorization.

Fuel tanker drivers threaten new strike in Portugal

By Paul Mitchell, 4 May 2019

Brazilian unions defend reactionary pension “reform” at May Day rally

By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2019

May Day: Police rampage in Paris as hundreds of thousands march in France

May Day 2019 in Germany: Trade unions call for support for the European Union

25 years ago: Channel Tunnel opens, connecting Britain and France

On May 6, 1994, the Channel Tunnel officially opened, connecting for the first time the United Kingdom with the European mainland from Kent, England, to Pas-de-Calais, France.

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50 years ago: Battle of Hamburger Hill

On May 10 US forces in Vietnam began a 10-day assault on Hill 937, which was heavily defended by the North Vietnam’s People’s Army of Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Soviet offensive clears Axis forces from Crimea

During this week in 1944, Soviet military forces completed the destruction of the Axis bastion in Crimea, capturing the key port city of Sevastopol on May 12, 1944.

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100 years ago: Race riots and martial law in Charleston, South Carolina

On May 10, 1919, hundreds of white sailors serving in the US Navy rioted in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, attacking African-Americans and destroying property.

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Featured Report

UK: Liverpool man dies after being declared fit for work and denied benefits

By Barry Mason, 30 April 2019

“He should never have been found fit to work in a million years!”
UK advice worker Terry Craven speaks on the terrible death of Stephen Smith

European elections

“Join the fight for a united socialist Europe!”
Socialist Equality Party (SGP) publishes campaign video for European Elections

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 April 2019

The European elections and the revival of class struggle

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

”Dictatorships as alternative political orders?”—We say no!
Student Parliament at Humboldt University condemns Jörg Baberowski’s right-wing think tank

By the IYSSE at the Humboldt University, 30 April 2019

The Fight Against Fascism

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military

By Jacob Crosse, 4 May 2019

“If you agree with our analysis, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to do.”
David North speaks on the threat of fascism

By David North, 20 April 2019

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It
North and Vandreier conclude US tour at New York University

By our reporters, 20 April 2019

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

By David North, 10 April 2019

More on the fight against fascism »

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

The ongoing strike wave on the US-Mexico border provides critical lessons for the incipient movement of the working class on an international scale.

Book Review

Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: A compendium of pseudo-left and anti-Marxist politics

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 22 April 2019

Assembly is saturated with reactionary postmodern conceptions, recycles worn-out anarchist recipes as innovative and progressive experiments and endorses virtually every political dead end of the recent and not-so-recent past.

Yabu Bilyana

Twenty years since the death of Australian Trotskyist and Aboriginal worker, Comrade Yabu Bilyana

Message of condolence from David North
“He based his life on the ideals of justice, equality and human solidarity”

Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”

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