Military massacres protesters in Sudan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2019

Dozens were killed and hundreds wounded Monday after troops broke up a sit-in in Khartoum with live ammunition.

In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2019

Despite Swedish prosecutors having investigated Julian Assange on bogus allegations of sexual misconduct for eight years, they have never charged him.

Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured

Algerian army suspends July 4 presidential elections

By Will Morrow, 4 June 2019

The decision came amid continuing mass weekly protests of workers and youth in cities across Algeria, opposing the elections, Interim President Bensalah and the military dictatorship.

Historic flooding devastates US Midwest

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 June 2019

The Plains and Midwest have seen the most extreme, record-breaking weather in the US so far this year, setting records for cold, snow, flooding, and tornadoes.

As China-FedEx row heats up
Warnings mount that trade war could bring recession

By Nick Beams, 4 June 2019

Morgan Stanley said a global recession could start within nine months if the Trump administration goes ahead with its threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and Beijing retaliates.

The US and China on a collision course

US defense secretary issues military threat against China

Tensions with China to escalate following Trump’s visit to Japan

Mexican president vows to curb migration after Trump’s tariff threat

By Andrea Lobo, 4 June 2019

The fear of social explosions against inequality is driving President López Obrador and the Mexican bourgeoisie to prostrate themselves before US imperialism.

Trump’s Mexican tariff threat hits global markets

After the Mueller statement
Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia

German Social Democratic Party leader Nahles resigns

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2019

The crisis in the SPD leadership is the latest stage in the decline of a party that has gone through 15 party leaders since 1987.

Pompeo visit exposes deepening tensions between Germany and US

At least 116 injured in Russia factory explosions

By Clara Weiss, 4 June 2019

The blasts at the factory, which produces explosives for the Russian military, shattered windows in hundreds of buildings over a radius of at least 3 kilometers.

As Trump lands in UK, US threatens break in NATO alliance over EU army

By Alex Lantier, 4 June 2019

US officials have indicated that if the plans of Berlin and Paris for an EU army proceed, Washington might not defend the EU against a hypothetical Russian attack.

Conservative Party implodes amid rise of Brexit Party

The European elections and the resurgence of the class struggle

“Yellow vest” protesters speak on the European elections

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The May 29 national strike and Argentina’s economic, political and social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 4 June 2019

National protest strikes have become cynical rituals, designed to keep workers under the control of the Argentine trade union apparatus and the ruling class.

Australian PM’s trip to Solomon Islands highlights intensifying US confrontation with China

By Mike Head, 4 June 2019

Morrison’s visit, his third to the southwest Pacific this year, was to send a blunt message to Pacific Island states to line up against Beijing.

New Haven teachers strike enters third week

By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019

The New Haven Teachers Association has dropped their wage demands beneath inflation, leaving teachers at a loss.

After two crashes that killed 346 people
Boeing rejects pilot simulator training for 737 Max 8

By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2019

The aerospace giant is brazenly putting profits before people even as its CEO admits that the company did not correctly implement the installation of MCAS anti-stall software.

Three reports expose extreme inequalities in Britain

By Steve James, 4 June 2019

Three recent reports and surveys have exposed intensifying levels of mass poverty, alongside the grotesque accumulation of wealth by a few.

Germany: Investigation into October Festival bombing to be concluded

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 4 June 2019

After the bombing attack, the investigating authorities sought to bury the links between the bomber and neo-Nazi and far right terrorist networks.

Questions remain in wake of Virginia Beach, Virginia shooting that left 13 dead

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Estados Unidos y China en rumbo de colisión

Andre Damon, 4 junio 2019

La “guerra fría” entre Estados Unidos y China tomó un vertiginoso paso hacia una guerra “caliente” el fin de semana en la cumbre anual Shangri-La sobre defensa en Singapur.

“Es inmoral. No es ético. Es tortura”
Estados Unidos emplea aislamiento como arma contra inmigrantes detenidos

Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 4 junio 2019

Un Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas Investigativos documentó el uso generalizado de aislamiento solitario por parte del Gobierno estadounidense contra los inmigrantes detenidos.

Gran Bretaña y Australia descartan el informe de la ONU de que Assange ha sido torturado

Oscar Grenfell, 4 junio 2019

Las respuestas descaradas demuestran la criminalidad de la venganza dirigida por Estados Unidos contra Assange, que está procediendo en violación del debido proceso y los principios fundamentales del derecho internacional.

Secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos emite una amenaza militar contra China

Nick Beams, 4 junio 2019

El secretario de Defensa de EUA, Patrick Shanahan pronunció una diatriba de 40 minutos contra China acusándola de buscar “la hegemonía del Indo-Pacífico en el corto plazo y, en última instancia, la prominencia global en el largo plazo”.

La visita de Pompeo expone las profundas tensiones entre Alemania y Estados Unidos

Peter Schwarz, 4 junio 2019

El secretario de Defensa de EUA, Patrick Shanahan pronunció una diatriba de 40 minutos contra China acusándola de buscar “la hegemonía del Indo-Pacífico en el corto plazo y, en última instancia, la prominencia global en el largo plazo”.

Tras las elecciones europeas, Podemos apoya la política represora de los socialdemócratas españoles

Alejandro López, 4 junio 2019

Podemos aspira a integrar el gobierno socialdemócrata español, que está preparando ataques draconianos a los programas sociales y nuevas medidas contra los presos políticos catalanes.

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La Grande-Bretagne et l'Australie rejettent le rapport de l'ONU selon lequel Assange a été torturé

Oscar Grenfell, 4 juin 2019

Les réponses effrontées démontrent la criminalité de la vendetta menée par les États-Unis contre Assange, qui se déroule en violation des garanties d’une procédure régulière et des principes fondamentaux du droit international.

Les États-Unis et la Chine en route pour une collision

Andre Damon, 4 juin 2019

La «Guerre froide» entre les États-Unis et la Chine a franchi une étape importante pour devenir une guerre «chaude» lors du sommet annuel de Shangri-La à Singapore sur la défense au weekend.

La visite de Pompeo révèle l'aggravation des tensions entre l'Allemagne et les États-Unis

Peter Schwarz, 4 juin 2019

Lors de sa visite à Berlin, le secrétaire d'État américain Pompeo a réitéré des divergences de longue date et a réaffirmé les menaces de Washington contre l'Allemagne.

Trudeau et Pence préparent le rôle du Canada dans l'agression impérialiste américaine

Roger Jordan, 4 juin 2019

Le vice-président de Trump joue un rôle de plus en plus important dans l'articulation et la mise en œuvre de l'agression impérialiste américaine, en particulier contre la Chine et le Venezuela.

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USA und China auf Kollisionskurs

Andre Damon, 4. Juni 2019

Auf dem jährlichen Asien-Sicherheitsgipfel in Singapur rückte ein heißer Krieg zwischen den USA und China einen großen Schritt näher.

Julian Assange: Großbritannien und Australien weisen UN-Foltervorwürfe zurück

Oscar Grenfell, 4. Juni 2019

Die britische und die australische Regierung haben den Bericht des UN-Sonderberichterstatters für Folter zu Julian Assange kurzerhand zurückgewiesen. Laut Nils Melzers Bericht vom 31. Mai ist der Gründer von WikiLeaks das Opfer von jahrelanger „psychologischer Folter“.

Österreich: Die herrschende Klasse rückt zusammen

Markus Salzmann und Peter Schwarz, 4. Juni 2019

Bundespräsident Van der Bellen vereidigte am Montag eine „Expertenregierung“, die bis zur Parlamentswahl im Herbst die Geschäfte führen soll. Sie wird von allen im Nationalrat vertretenen Parteien vorbehaltlos unterstützt.

Europawahl im Osten Deutschlands: AfD trotz Stimmenverlusten stärkste Kraft

Martin Nowak, 4. Juni 2019

Während die Medien den starken Zuwachs der AfD gegenüber der Europawahl 2014 hervorhoben, hat auch sie im Vergleich zur Bundestagswahl 2017 deutlich verloren.

Gelbwesten zur Europawahl

unseren Reportern, 4. Juni 2019

Jennifer (31) erklärte gegenüber Aktivisten der Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES): „Ich bin heute gekommen, um die Leute zu unterstützen, die wie ich gegen diese Regierung sind, und weil ich eine echte Demokratie will.“

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USA og Kina på kollisjonskurs

Andre Damon, 4. juni 2019

Den «kalde krigen» mellom USA og Kina tok i helgen et langt skritt i retning av å bli en «varm» krig, under det årlige Shangri-La forsvarsmøtet i Singapore.

Storbritannia og Australia avviser FN-rapporten om at Assange har blitt torturert

Oscar Grenfell, 4. juni 2019

Den kyniske responsen viser kriminaliteten i den USA-ledede vendettaen mot Assange, som videreføres i strid med forfatningen og grunnleggende fundamenter for folkeretten.

Mottakere av Sydney-fredsprisen krever at Australias regjering forsvarer Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 4. juni 2019

Erklæringen var en kraftig tiltale av det australske politiske etablissementet og deres medier, som enten har snudd ryggen til WikiLeaks-gründeren eller åpent tatt del i hans forfølgelse.

Pompeo-besøk eksponerer utdypende spenninger mellom Tyskland og USA

Peter Schwarz, 4. juni 2019

Under sitt besøk i Berlin gjentok USAs utenriksminister Pompeo lengestående meningsforskjeller og presenterte igjen Washingtons trusler mot Tyskland.

USAs forsvarsminister melder krigstrussel mot Kina

Nick Beams, 4. juni 2019

Den fungerende amerikanske forsvarsministeren Patrick Shanahan avleverte en 40-minutters salve mot Kina der han beskyldte landet for å søke «Indo-Stillehavshegemoni på kort sikt, og i siste instans, på lang sikt en global dominans.»

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Эта неделя в истории
50 лет назад: Всеобщая забастовка начинается в аргентинской Кордове

3 июня 2019 г.

29 мая 1969 года рабочие и студенты аргентинского промышленного города Кордова начали всеобщую забастовку, которая станет известна как «Эль Кордобасо».

New in Turkish

BM Özel Raportörü: Julian Assange’a işkence ediliyor

Oscar Grenfell, 3 Haziran 2019

Julian Assange’ın, Chelsea Manning’in ve tüm diğer sınıf savaşı tutsaklarının savunulması, işçi sınıfının bütün dünyada yeniden canlanan mücadelelerinin başlıca talebi haline gelmelidir.

New in Portuguese

As eleições europeias e o ressurgimento da luta de classes

Alex Lantier, 3 Junho 2019

As eleições europeias revelaram o profundo descrédito do establishment político e sua incapacidade de satisfazer as crescentes exigências da classe trabalhadora por mudanças políticas.

New in Arabic

الحرب الإمبريالية ، انتفاضة الطبقة العاملة في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا ، واستراتيجية الثورة الدائمة

يقلم كيث جونز, ٩ أيار مايو ٢٠١٩

ثمة نقطة مركزية في منظور اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة وفي استراتيجيتها الثورية هي الاعتراف بأن الانهيار الرأسمالي الشامل المنهجي الذي يدفع القوى الإمبريالية نحو العدوان والحرب هو بالتحديد الذي يغذي ثورة اجتماعية.

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Perspective

Mass protests as Trump visits the UK
The fight against Trump must become the struggle for socialism

4 June 2019

Workers and young people wanting to fight against the growing danger of war and dictatorship, spearheaded by Trump’s threats against China and Russia, must reject all calls for an alliance with rival capitalist powers and parties.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

WSWS republishes ICFI statements on Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989

4 June 2019

Thirty years after the brutal military crackdown on unarmed workers and students in Beijing, these documents contain the essential political lessons for the revolutionary struggles ahead.

From the archives:
Victory to the Political Revolution in China

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International

The following statement was published on June 8, 1989, just four days after the Chinese government’s brutal military crackdown on students and workers in Tiananmen Square.

Featured Commentary

Dr. King and Mr. Garrow

By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2019

The historian and King biographer David Garrow has unleashed a #MeToo-style slander campaign against the martyred civil rights leader.

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

By Joseph Kishore, 31 May 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

A call to action
Autoworkers must take contract fight into their own hands!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 June 2019

With a little more than three months before the mid-September contract expiration at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, autoworkers are heading into a battle that has great significance for the whole working class.

Free Assange and Manning

SEP Australia meetings on Labor’s election debacle and the defence of Assange

4 June 2019

The leftward movement of workers and youth can find no means of expression within the present political framework. It must be developed into a conscious political movement, based on a socialist perspective.

Protests in London and Edinburgh demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 3 June 2019

“I felt that sitting behind my laptop just wasn’t enough and so I decided to try and organise something myself”
Valentina Flex, organiser of Edinburgh Assange and Manning protest, speaks to the WSWS

Sydney Peace Prize recipients demand Australian government defend Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019

Free Julian Assange! Free Chelsea Manning!
Attend UK public meetings to demand freedom of Assange and Manning!

27 May 2019

United Nations Special Rapporteur: Julian Assange is being tortured

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2019

Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?

Istanbul public meeting calls for the defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Arts Review

XY Chelsea: A deeply flawed portrait of US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning

By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2019

The film charts Manning’s life following Barack Obama’s unexpected commutation in January 2017 of her vindictive 35-year-term jail sentence.

Amazing Grace: A film about American singer Aretha Franklin’s most popular album

By Matthew Brennan, 3 June 2019

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: Terry Gilliam’s latest tribute to non-conformism

Commentary

Trudeau and Pence plot Canada’s role in US imperialist aggression

By Roger Jordan, 3 June 2019

Democratic governor signs Louisiana fetal “heartbeat” abortion ban

By Kate Randall, 31 May 2019

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

Fresh Israeli elections after Netanyahu fails to form a government

By Jean Shaoul, 31 May 2019

Arch-communalist Modi sworn-in as India’s prime minister for second time

By Deepal Jayasekera, 1 June 2019

As Trump escalates war on immigrants
US watchdog finds 900 immigrants jammed into jail designed for 125

By Barry Grey, 1 June 2019

“It’s immoral. It’s unethical. It’s torture”
US uses solitary confinement as weapon against detained immigrants

The hangman of the Middle East: US-backed regime in Egypt hands down nearly 2,500 death sentences

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Mass demonstrations in defense of education in Brazil, Honduran educators and doctors strike

4 June 2019

Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.

“We went out with the nurses, we should go back with the nurses”
Mercy Health strikers in Toledo, Ohio denounce UAW sabotage of their struggle

By Shannon Jones, 3 June 2019

UAW calls for contract vote by Mercy Health support and technical staff in a bid to isolate nurses

Aluminum workers vote to strike Arconic-Alcoa

By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 June 2019

Police and military crack down on spontaneous taxi strike in Matamoros, Mexico

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Ignoring workers overwhelming strike vote
UAW extends contract for Saline, Michigan Faurecia workers

By Tim Rivers, 1 June 2019

“All the companies should go on strike together”
Faurecia auto parts workers await contract expiration in Saline, Michigan

Ford layoffs provoke widespread anger

Fiat-Chrysler announces merger, threatens jobs bloodbath

More on autoworkers struggles »

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019

University of Chicago graduate student union authorizes strike action

Democrat Tony Thurmond fails to shut down New Haven teachers strike in California

By Evan Blake, 1 June 2019

“What we need to do is storm Sacramento”
New Haven teachers speak on conditions

By David Brown, 1 June 2019

As teachers union abandons demands and calls in Democrats
New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads

52,000 teachers strike in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2019

New Zealand teachers’ strike: Break from Labour and the unions! Unite the working class against austerity!

Honduran government cracks down on strike by teachers, doctors and nurses

By Andrea Lobo, 29 May 2019

More on the defense of public education »

25 years ago: OECD calls for deeper attack on the working class

On June 7-8, 1994, finance, trade and labor ministers met in Paris at the annual conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, to discuss and agree upon a draft report of the organization.

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50 years ago: Nixon announces token Vietnam troop withdrawal

Amidst great fanfare, President Richard Nixon announced June 8, 1969 that 25,000 US soldiers would be withdrawn from South Vietnam by the end of August, out of a total force of 540,000.

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75 years ago: Allied powers launch D-Day landings in Normandy

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, led by Britain and the United States, landed at several locations in Normandy, France, in the opening shot of their successful invasion of Nazi-occupied western Europe.

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100 years ago: British troops shoot protesters on Malta

On June 7, 1919, British troops fired into a crowd of protesters in front of a newspaper office in Valletta, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta, injuring about 50 people and killing three.

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The Fight Against Fascism

Successful book presentation of Why Are They Back? at the Heinrich Böll Library in Berlin

By our reporter, 30 May 2019

“The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
Video: Christoph Vandreier’s full lecture at Wayne State

By Christoph Vandreier, 21 May 2019

The WSWS makes the full recording of Vandreier’s April 11, 2019 lecture available.

The Social Crisis in America

Kalamazoo, Michigan: “I don’t like the idea of selling my blood plasma for money, but I have to do what I’ve got to do”
US blood plasma industry targets poor and working class

By Carlos Delgado, 28 May 2019

“It feels like your whole life is a constant crisis”
US millennials describe life on the brink

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 May 2019

The millennial generation in the US: Life on the brink

Socialist Equality Party

Aftermath of terrorist attack: Sri Lankan SEP public meeting warns about threat of dictatorship

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

Socialist Equality Party wins important support in Australian federal election

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019

Australian voters speak out
Workers and youth condemn major parliamentary parties

SGP European election candidate Andreas Niklaus speaks to Berlin bus drivers
“A war must be prevented at all costs”

By our reporters, 25 May 2019

A socialist perspective against fascism and war: Successful SGP election meeting in Berlin

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 future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

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.

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.

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

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