UK home secretary signs US extradition request for Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 14 June 2019

The move, coming just one day before Assange’s first extradition hearing, makes clear the British government’s intent to hand the journalist over to his persecutors in Washington.

The global war on journalism

Protest erupts in Memphis, Tennessee after US marshals kill 20-year-old Brandon Webber

By Warren Duzak and Patrick Smith, 14 June 2019

The killing prompted about 100 protesters to take to the streets Wednesday night to vent their anger and demand justice.

Michigan Democrats drop all charges against Flint water poisoning conspirators

By Sheila Brehm, 14 June 2019

While the Democrats claim they will restart the investigation, Flint residents are deeply skeptical—and with reason.

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2019 Scorecard
Rising US “deaths of despair” driven by health care costs, lack of access to care

By Kate Randall, 14 June 2019

A new study shows that one of the major underlying causes of “deaths of despair” is social inequality, in particular lack of access to health care and the associated financial struggles.

Hong Kong extradition bill debate delayed as additional protests called

By Ben McGrath, 14 June 2019

None of the demands for democratic rights in Hong Kong or throughout China will be won through the “pan-democratic” opposition parties or by appeals to US imperialism.

Police crackdown against Hong Kong protesters opposing extradition bill

Trump and Polish President Duda agree on stationing 1,000 US troops in Poland

By Clara Weiss, 14 June 2019

The meeting of the two presidents marked a significant escalation of the US- and NATO-led military-build up against Russia.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee’s habeas corpus appeal

By Trévon Austin, 14 June 2019

The court’s refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.

Creating the framework for government-directed online censorship
House Judiciary Committee begins antitrust inquiry into big tech

By Kevin Reed, 14 June 2019

A House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday began a major bipartisan drive for government-directed censorship of website and social media content.

“UAW doesn’t care about us!”
Nurses outraged over UAW sellout of hospital strike in Toledo, Ohio

By Jerry White, 14 June 2019

After nurses struck for six weeks, the United Auto Workers union unilaterally ordered them back to work, demanding that they vote on a deal without time to study or discuss it.

Minnesota nursing home workers carry out two-day strike

By Jonas Boquist, 14 June 2019

Nursing home workers struck the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River last week to fight for improved wages and safe staffing levels.

European Union threatens to sanction Italy over budget deficit

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2019

The dispute over Italy’s state debt has flared up once again following the European elections.

New Zealand government extends Iraq and Afghanistan troop deployments

By Tom Peters, 14 June 2019

Contrary to statements by the Greens and pseudo-lefts, the Labour Party-led government is strengthening New Zealand’s alliance with US imperialism.

Australian Labor Party leader reinforces pro-business message by denouncing building union official

By Mike Head, 14 June 2019

The John Setka affair is an initial “test” set by the corporate elite for the Labor and union leaders of their capacity to suppress rising working-class unrest.

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Protestos em massa estouram em Hong Kong

Peter Symonds, 14 Junho 2019

A luta por direitos democráticos em Hong Kong avançará somente se unir-se aos trabalhadores chineses e apoiá-los nas lutas por seus direitos democráticos e sociais.

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Estados Unidos se prepara para Tercera Guerra Mundial con mayor contrato de defensa en la historia

Andre Damon, 14 junio 2019

El Pentágono anunció el lunes su mayor compra de armas, involucrando casi 500 bombarderos F-35 a un costo total de $34 mil millones.

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Fransk statsminister annonserer ytterligere sosialnedskjæringer og angrep på immigranter

Will Morrow, 14. juni 2019

Édouard Philippes kunngjøring av Macron-regjeringens «Akt II» viser at dens respons på de europeiske valgene er en ytterligere forflytning til høyre.

Cuba-konferanse skreddersyr Trotskij til borgerlig nasjonalistisk politikk

Bill Van Auken, 14. juni 2019

En samling av pseudo-venstre og pabloistrevisjonister var invitert til Havanna for å undertrykke trotskismens revolusjonære innhold.

Polititilslag mot demonstranter som opponerer mot utleveringslovforslag i Hong Kong

Ben McGrath, 14. juni 2019

Beijing frykter spredningen av protestene inn i Kina, med sosiale ulikheter og spenninger som øker både i Hong Kong og på fastlandet.

Cuba-konferanse skreddersyr Trotskij til borgerlig nasjonalistisk politikk

Bill Van Auken, 14. juni 2019

En samling av pseudo-venstre og pabloistrevisjonister var invitert til Havanna for å undertrykke trotskismens revolusjonære innhold.

«Diktatur som alternative ordener»: Ikke på vår vakt
Berlins Humbolt Universitet planlegger å finansiere høyreorientert tankesmie

International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 14. juni 2019

Det akademiske senatet ved Humboldt Universitet skal den 18. juni beslutte om finansiering av ei tankesmie om diktaturer initiert av den høyreradikale professoren Jörg Baberowski.

CIAs dulgte bånd til den norkoreanske lederens drepte halvbror

Peter Symonds, 14. juni 2019

Om ikke annet demonstrerer avsløringen om at CIA hadde møter med Kim Jong-nam nok en gang hvor omfattende bestrebelsene er for å spionere på, og intervenere i ethvert land.

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Le premier ministre français annonce de nouvelles coupes sociales et de nouvelles attaques contre les immigrés

Will Morrow, 14 juin 2019

L’annonce par Édouard Philippe de l’«acte II» du gouvernement Macron montre que sa réponse aux élections européennes est un nouveau glissement vers la droite.

Les États-Unis se préparent pour la troisième guerre mondiale avec le plus grand contrat de défense de l'histoire

André Damon, 14 juin 2019

Le Pentagone a annoncé lundi son plus gros achat d'armes à ce jour, décidant d'acheter près de 500 avions de combat F-35 pour un coût total de 34 milliards $.

Les États-Unis emprisonneront 1400 enfants immigrés dans un ancien camp d’internement de Japonais de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale

Eric London, 14 juin 2019

Le gouvernement fait revivre les pires crimes de l’histoire des États-Unis en tant que politique officielle de l’État.

Au moins 95 personnes tuées dans le massacre du village de Sobane Kou au Mali

Will Morrow, 14 juin 2019

Il s’agit du plus récent d’une série de massacres dans un contexte de conflits ethniques croissants au Mali, provoqués par l’occupation française et allemande du pays.

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Aachener Polizei droht „Fridays for Future“ mit Einkesselung und Strafverfahren

Harold Hambacher, 14. Juni 2019

Vor der Klimademonstration vom 21. Juni hat die Aachener Polizei einen Warnbrief an Schüler und Eltern versandt. Er kann nur als Einschüchterungsversuch bezeichnet werden.

Größter Waffenkauf der Geschichte:
USA bereiten sich auf Dritten Weltkrieg vor

Andre Damon, 14. Juni 2019

Das Pentagon kündigte am Montag den größten Waffenkauf aller Zeiten an. Der Vertrag umfasst beinahe 500 F-35 Kampfflugzeuge, die insgesamt 34 Milliarden Dollar kosten.

USA sperren 1.400 Immigrantenkinder in Internierungslager für Japaner aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg

Eric London, 14. Juni 2019

Die Regierung wiederholt die schlimmsten Verbrechen in der Geschichte der USA und erhebt sie zur offiziellen Staatspolitik.

Ford schließt Motorenwerk in Wales mit 1.700 Arbeitsplätzen

Robert Stevens, 14. Juni 2019

Die Arbeiter im Werk wurden am vergangenen Donnerstag nach Hause geschickt, nachdem ihnen per Brief erklärt wurde, dass sie ihre Arbeitsplätze in mehreren Etappen bis zum 25. September 2020 verlieren würden.

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المستقبل يكمن في الاشتراكية

جوزيف كيشور, ١٢ أيار مايو ٢٠١٩

في يوم السبت الواقع في 4 مايو نظمت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة الملتقى الافتراضي الدولي للاحتفال بيوم الأول من مايو وهو الملتقى السادس الذي تنظمه اللجنة الدولية وهي الحركة التروتسكية العالمية. وفيما يلي كلمة الرفيق جوزيف كيشور السكرتير الوطني لحزب المساواة الاشتراكية فرع الولايات المتحدة.

منظور اشتراكي ضد عودة الفاشية إلى أوروبا

كريستوف فاندراير, ٧ أيار مايو ٢٠١٩

في يوم السبت الواقع في 4 مايو نظمت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة الملتقى الافتراضي الدولي للاحتفال بيوم الأول من مايو 2019 وهو الملتقى السنوي السادس الذي تنظمه اللجنة الدولية وهي الحركة التروتسكية العالمية. وسيقوم موقع الاشتراكية العالمية بنشر الكلمات التي ألقيت في الملتقى وتجدون أدناه كلمة كريستوف فاندراير نائب السكرتير الوطني لحزب المساواة الاشتراكية في ألمانيأ.

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Европейские выборы и возрождение классовой борьбы

Алекс Лантье, 13 июня 2019 г.

Выборы в Европарламент выявили глубокую дискредитацию политического истеблишмента и его невосприимчивость к растущим требованиям рабочего класса, жаждущего политических перемен.

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Perspective

US stages provocation in the Persian Gulf

14 June 2019

The unsubstantiated US allegations that Iran is responsible for attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz set the stage for a further escalation toward war.

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Commentary

Two years since the Grenfell inferno: The case for socialism

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 14 June 2019

Justice for Grenfell cannot be achieved outside of a frontal assault by the working class on the wealth and power of the financial oligarchy and its political defenders.

US to jail 1,400 immigrant children at WWII Japanese internment site

By Eric London, 13 June 2019

Democrats, Mexican president collaborate with Trump’s anti-immigrant crackdown

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US gears up for World War III with largest defense contract in history

By Andre Damon, 13 June 2019

Democratic candidates demand the US prepare to fight the “wars of the future”

Cuba conference tailors Trotsky to the politics of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2019

An exposure of “human rights” imperialism
Burma’s Suu Kyi joins Hungary’s Orbán in promoting anti-Muslim chauvinism

By Peter Symonds, 12 June 2019

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

By David North, 8 June 2019

“Dictatorships as alternative orders”: Not on our watch
Berlin’s Humboldt University plans to finance right-wing think tank

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 12 June 2019

Arts Review

“Unfortunately, none of this happened”: Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto (Summer), a take on the pre- perestroika period in the USSR

By Clara Weiss, 14 June 2019

Serebrennikov’s new film treats two of Russia’s most famous rock groups, Kino and Zoopark, in the early 1980s, while managing to avoid all the major questions of the time.

Famed film actress Lillian Gish’s name removed from Bowling Green State University theater: The issues raised

By David Walsh, 12 June 2019

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

By Joanne Laurier, 7 June 2019

Investigative Report

US flight attendants speak out over uniforms that cause illness

By Brian Brown and Tom Hall, 12 June 2019

Free Assange and Manning

New Zealand protest opposes persecution of Julian Assange and Australian journalists

By our reporters, 13 June 2019

Australian journalist calls on colleagues to defend Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 June 2019

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

11 June 2019

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

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 »

Workers Struggles

Nationwide protests by French emergency medical staff; First strike by German pencil workers; University of Lebanon strike continues
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 June 2019

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

Union betrayal ends three-week teacher strike in Hayward-Union City, California

By Evan Blake, 11 June 2019

Reject NHTA sellout! Expand the strike to defend public education!

By the World Socialist Web Site Teacher Newsletter, 11 June 2019

New Zealand: Teacher at impoverished school speaks out against conditions that led to last month’s historic strike

History

The Tiananmen Square massacre, 30 years on

By Peter Symonds, 8 June 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan workers need a socialist program to defeat Colombo’s police-state preparations

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 June 2019

25 years ago: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murdered

On June 13, 1994, the wife of former professional football player and movie actor OJ Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson, was found brutally murdered outside her Brentwood, Los Angeles home, along with her friend Ron Goldman.

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50 years ago: Georges Pompidou elected as president of France

On June 15, 1969, Georges Pompidou was elected President of France, defeating Alain Poher of the Democratic Centre Party (CD) by 57 to 42 percent.

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75 years ago: Germany launches V1 weapons

On June 12, 1944, the first 10 German V1 rockets were launched from northern France. Four landed in London, causing six deaths and damaging railways, factories, hospitals and homes.

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100 years ago: American troops cross border into Mexico

On June 15, 1919, 3,600 American cavalry and infantry crossed the Santa Fe Bridge from El Paso, Texas to Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican side of the border in pursuit of the revolutionary army of Pancho Villa.

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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.

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

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

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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

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.

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