8 June 2019

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs

By Alex González, 8 June 2019

No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers

Three immigrants die in US custody in three days

More on North American immigrants »

US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings

By Bill Van Auken, 8 June 2019

Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.

US-backed Saudi regime beheads 37 political prisoners

Australian police chief links media raids to US-led “Five Eyes” spy network

By Mike Head, 8 June 2019

Gaughan’s statement points to the targeting of journalists in order to cover up Washington’s preparations for wars and mass political surveillance.

“Is there going to be a future for journalism?”
Australian media workers denounce police raids

By our correspondents, 8 June 2019

ABC workers spoke of their shock and alarm at the arrival of federal police in their building.

The global war on journalism

US and Russian warships nearly collide in the Philippine Sea

By Kevin Reed, 8 June 2019

In an encounter coinciding with a visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, a US warship nearly collided with a Russian destroyer on Friday in the Philippine Sea.

Ford to close Bridgend engine plant in Wales, eliminating 1,700 jobs

By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2019

Workers at the plant were given no notice. They were sent home Thursday after receiving a letter saying they will lose their jobs in phases by September 25, 2020.

Strikes in Chile, Costa Rica and Honduras
Teachers struggles erupt across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 8 June 2019

The response by the ruling class to the resistance led by teachers has been the same everywhere: the claim that there is “no money” and police state repression.

“What we want is to be able to make a call internationally”
Costa Rican teachers speak out against antistrike laws

By our reporters, 8 June 2019

While teachers express the need to wage an international struggle, the APSE trade union is preparing a new betrayal by letting off steam through “intermittent strikes.”

More on the defense of public education »

Trump ends federal funding of fetal tissue research

By Matthew Taylor, 8 June 2019

The ban is the Trump administration’s latest attack on science and reproductive rights.

Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

UE union and Wabtec reach wage-cutting deal at Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Nick Barrickman, 8 June 2019

The agreement will create a two-tier pay system, allowing the company to keep newer hires “in progression” at a fraction of standard pay.

Despite decline in vote
Far-right Alternative for Germany wins European election in eastern Germany

By Martin Nowak, 8 June 2019

Voters in eastern Germany showed their strong opposition to the established political parties in the European elections held May 26.

Strong indications of right-wing extremist involvement in murder of German regional politician

Austrian ruling class closes ranks following collapse of government

Students at Dresden School of Art protest against the far-right AfD

By Martin Nowak, 8 June 2019

The trigger for the protests was the candidacy of library director Barbara Lenk for the AfD in a local election

More on the fight against fascism »

Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 8 June 2019

The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.

Alberta’s UCP government attacks workers, rewards business with tax cuts

By Roger Jordan and Riksen Stewart, 8 June 2019

The path to power for Alberta’s new hard-right government was paved by the previous trade union-backed NDP administration.

New in Norwegian

75-årsmarkeringen av D-dagen og den voksende faren for imperialistkrig

Bill Van Auken, 8. juni 2019

Bak talene som ble avlevert på torsdag – som for D-dagen selv – lå kalkylene til politikere som søker å fremme sine respektive lands imperialistinteresser.

Fra arkivene
Ti år siden massakren på Tiananmen-plassen
Politiske lærdommer for arbeiderklassen

James Cogan, 8. juni 2019

Artikkelen bekrefter ICFIs essensielle analyse fra 1989, at terroren som det stalinistiske byråkratiet slapp løs fremfor alt var rettet mot arbeiderklassen som hadde reist seg i opprør mot byråkratiets politikk for kapitalistisk restaurering.

WikiLeaks advarer for at det amerikanske justisdepartementet forbereder flere anklager mot Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 8. juni 2019

Faren for nye anklager rettet mot den forfulgte journalisten, som allerede står overfor 170 års fengsling, kommer samtidig med ny frykt for hans helsetilstand etter at hans far rapporterte om medisinsk tilsyn på «kort varsel».

New in French

WikiLeaks avertit que le ministère américain de la Justice prépare de nouvelles accusations contre Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 8 juin 2019

La menace de nouvelles accusations contre le journaliste persécuté, qui risque déjà 170 ans de prison, s’ajoute à de nouvelles craintes pour sa santé après l’annonce par son père d’une visite médicale «inattendue».

Le 75e anniversaire du débarquement de Normandie et la menace croissante d'une guerre impérialiste

Bill Van Auken, 8 juin 2019

Derrière les discours prononcés jeudi – ainsi que le jour J lui-même - se trouvent les calculs politiques précis des politiciens cherchant à promouvoir les intérêts impérialistes de leurs pays respectifs.

Le FMI met en garde contre une guerre commerciale croissante

Nick Beams, 8 juin 2019

La menace de Trump d'utiliser des tarifs douaniers contre le Mexique au sujet de l'immigration a provoqué une onde de choc dans le système commercial international parce qu'elle indique clairement que les États-Unis sont prêts à utiliser des mesures de guerre économique et commerciale pour poursuivre tous leurs objectifs politiques.

Sri Lanka: démission des ministres musulmans dans un contexte de menaces croissantes contre les musulmans

K. Ratnayake, 8 juin 2019

Toutes les fractions de l’élite dirigeante sont en train d’utiliser systématiquement l’islamophobie pour diviser la classe ouvrière selon des critères ethniques et religieux dans le cadre de sa préparation aux formes autocratiques de gouvernement.

New in German

Der 75. Jahrestag des D-Day und die neue Gefahr eines imperialistischen Kriegs

Bill Van Auken, 8. Juni 2019

Hintergrund der Reden vom Donnerstag – wie des D-Day selbst – waren die Bestrebungen der betreffenden Politiker, die imperialistischen Interessen ihrer jeweiligen Länder zu befördern.

WikiLeaks warnt: US-Justizministerium bereitet weitere Anklagepunkte gegen Assange vor

Oscar Grenfell, 8. Juni 2019

Assange drohen bereits jetzt 175 Jahre Gefängnis, weitere Anklagepunkte könnten folgen. Gleichzeitig bietet der Gesundheitszustand des verfolgten Journalisten Anlass zu großer Sorge. Sein Vater berichtet über einen kurzfristig anberaumten Arzttermin.

Amerikanische Lehrer fordern Freilassung von Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning

WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 8. Juni 2019

WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange, der nach jahrelanger Gefangenschaft in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London schwer erkrankt ist, wird weltweit von immer mehr Arbeitern, Studenten und Intellektuellen unterstützt.

Historische Erklärungen des IKVI zum Tiananmen-Massaker vom 4. Juni 1989

der Redaktion, 8. Juni 2019

Die Dokumente des IKVI, die vor dreißig Jahren aus Anlass des brutalen Militäreinsatzes gegen unbewaffnete Arbeiter und Studenten in Peking entstanden, enthalten die wesentlichen politischen Lehren für die kommenden revolutionären Kämpfe.

Aus dem Archiv:
Für den Sieg der politischen Revolution in China!

Erklärung des Internationalen Komitees der Vierten Internationale, 8. Juni 2019

Die folgende Erklärung erschien ursprünglich am 8. Juni 1989, nur vier Tage nach dem brutalen Militäreinsatz der chinesischen Regierung gegen Studenten und Arbeiter auf dem Tiananmen-Platz.

New in Russian

Расстрел войсками демонстрантов в Судане

Билл Вэн Оукен, 7 июня 2019 г.

Десятки были убиты и сотни ранены в понедельник после того, как войска разогнали сидячую забастовку в Хартуме, используя боевые патроны.

New in Spanish

Setenta y cinco años desde el Día D y el peligro creciente de una guerra imperialista

Bill Van Auken, 8 junio 2019

Detrás de los discursos entregados el jueves —así como en el mismo Día D— yacen cálculos de los políticos que buscan avanzar los intereses imperialistas de sus países respectivos.

Respondiendo a los ataques contra el socialismo
Bernie Sanders utiliza artículo de opinión en el NY Times para dar garantías al empresariado

Tom Hall, 8 junio 2019

En respuesta a la arremetida contra el socialismo dentro del Partido Demócrata y por parta de Trump y los republicanos, Sanders dejó en claro que no tiene ninguna intención de desafiar el sistema de lucro ni de propiedad de la clase gobernante.

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

Revisiting the Central Park Five case in the #MeToo era

8 June 2019

Thirty years after the New York Times and Washington Post helped railroad five innocent teenagers to prison, these newspapers continue to wage a campaign against the presumption of innocence.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

A letter to the New York Times on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany

By David North, 8 June 2019

World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North sent this letter to journalist James Angelos in response to his recently published article “The New German Anti-Semitism.”

History

The Tiananmen Square massacre, 30 years on

By Peter Symonds, 8 June 2019

What was lacking in the 1989 protests was not determination, audacity and courage, nor numbers, but revolutionary leadership—the essential problem facing the international working class in the 20th century.

Commentary

Six months of AMLO: Jacobin defends the Mexican president

By Alex González, 8 June 2019

Jacobin claims that Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s “progressive agenda” is being restrained by opposition parties and finance capital.

The 75th anniversary of D-Day and the rising threat of imperialist war

By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2019

Responding to attacks on socialism
Bernie Sanders uses NY Times op-ed to reassure big business

By Tom Hall, 7 June 2019

Michigan governor announces closure of Benton Harbor High School

By Joseph Lorenz and JT Asher, 7 June 2019

Stop the closure of Benton Harbor schools! Defend public education!

New Zealand secondary teachers’ union cancels industrial action

By Tom Peters, 7 June 2019

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

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

By Joseph Kishore, 31 May 2019

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

By Chris Marsden, 4 June 2019

German government defends right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2019

The Grenfell Tower Fire

Free Reis Morris! Grenfell Tower campaigner imprisoned while those guilty of social murder walk free

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 June 2019

Morris’s jailing is a vicious act of class justice aimed at suppressing opposition and protecting those responsible for 72 deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno two years ago.

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

Free Assange and Manning

WikiLeaks warns US Justice Department preparing more charges against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 June 2019

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison

Sri Lankan Trotskyists win strong support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By our correspondents, 7 June 2019

In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2019

Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured

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

4 June 2019

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

27 May 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

Attend June 9 public meeting in Cambridge: UK Sociologist Noah Carl and the rise of the far right

7 June 2019

The meeting will discuss the issues raised by events at Cambridge University, providing a rebuttal of the claims made by Carl’s defenders and proposing a socialist perspective with which to take on the right-wing ideologues.

Mehring Books

Available in English and Spanish
New pamphlet on Matamoros wildcat strikes

6 June 2019

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new pamphlet, The 2019 workers’ rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico by WSWS writer Andrea Lobo.

Workers Struggles

Thousands of Bangladesh bidi cigarette workers demonstrate; Taiwanese flight attendants protest harsh conditions; New Zealand hospital workers strike at Waikato
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

8 June 2019

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

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

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 June 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

As new Democratic mayor takes office
Chicago Public Schools lay off hundreds of teachers and staff

By Kristina Betinis, 5 June 2019

New Haven teachers strike enters third week

By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019

French rail workers protest one year after rail privatization

By Anthony Torres, 6 June 2019

Schneider Electric lays off over 300 in Peru, Indiana

By Michael Walters, 6 June 2019

“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

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

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Arts Review

Rocketman (Elton John) and Pavarotti, about the operatic tenor: Two lives in music

By Joanne Laurier, 7 June 2019

All Is True: Kenneth Branagh’s vision of William Shakespeare’s final days

By David Walsh, 5 June 2019

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

By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2019

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

By Matthew Brennan, 3 June 2019

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.

More »

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.

More »

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.

More »

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