13 February 2020

US spied on governments for decades through secret ownership of Swiss encryption firm

By Kevin Reed, 13 February 2020

The revelations that the CIA and NSA have been spying on the diplomatic cables of governments around the world for the past five decades demonstrates that the American imperialism has long operated as a law unto itself in world affairs.

The Trump administration’s surveillance dragnet

Market surge continues ahead of confirmation hearings for New York Fed Governor nominee

By Nick Beams, 13 February 2020

Markets are soaring as the Federal Reserve makes clear it stands ready to inject still more cheap money into the financial system in the event of any significant market downturn.

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention

By Barry Grey, 13 February 2020

Following the Democrats’ failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

After 10 months’ silence, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against extradition of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell and Chris Marsden, 13 February 2020

For the past year, Corbyn has led the suppression of any discussion over Assange’s imprisonment in Britain and the country’s participation in the US-led attempt to destroy him.

Petition for Assange’s freedom tabled again in Australian parliament

By Mike Head, 13 February 2020

Despite the powerful public support and strongly expressed sentiments of the petition, its tabling received virtually no coverage in the corporate media.

“Shoot them down”—India’s government incites violence against opponents of its anti-Muslim citizenship law

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 February 2020

The BJP government has been shaken by the mass opposition to the CAA, which it rushed through parliament and into law last December.

New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2020

Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.

Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over “sanctuary” policies

By Erik Schreiber, 13 February 2020

The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump’s campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants’ rights.

After Transport Workers Union sell out of contract struggle
New York City transit system accumulates billions more in bond debt

By Sam Dalton and Sandy English, 13 February 2020

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued $1.5 billion in new bonds the same week the TWU imposed a concession-ridden contract on 37,000 subway and bus workers.

Documentary on Alberta train derailment uncovers evidence of criminal negligence by CP Rail

By Penny Smith, 13 February 2020

The CBC documentary on the fatal February 3, 2019, derailment exposes a “string of critical failures” on the part of the railway, including in maintenance, inspections, and brake management.

UK postal union calls national strike ballot after collapse of phoney talks

By Laura Tiernan, 13 February 2020

The CWU is seeking to dissipate anger among the workforce and stem opposition over the union’s refusal to honour last year’s strike mandate.

UK steel unions smooth way for job losses and givebacks ahead of British Steel buyout

By Barry Mason, 13 February 2020

The Community, Unite and GMB unions at British Steel are operating as the corporation’s partners in pushing though job cuts, speed-ups and rationalisation.

Anticapitalistas prepare to leave Spain’s Podemos-Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 13 February 2020

Amid growing protests against the right-wing policies of Podemos, its Anticapitalistas faction called for a “civilized, respectful, empathetic and even loving” separation from Podemos.

Changes in the car industry threaten Slovakian workers

By Marianne Arens, 13 February 2020

The small central European country, the world’s largest auto producer on a per-capita basis, is particularly vulnerable to automation and the world manufacturing slump.

Ford shakes up management, prepares for more cuts after 99 percent profit decline

Austrian Green Party in power adopts policies of the far right Freedom Party

By Markus Salzmann, 13 February 2020

For many years the Green Party presented itself as a left-wing, liberal political alternative. Now in government the party is pressing ahead with an anti-social, authoritarian course.

New Zealand’s Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism

By Tom Peters, 13 February 2020

New Zealand’s national day was marked with the opening of a museum to glorify Maori participation and “sacrifice” for imperialism in World War II.

12 February 2020

Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2020

On eve of New Hampshire primary
Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race

World Health Organization warns of global risk from coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 February 2020

The coronavirus pandemic: A global disaster

Coronavirus could deliver major hit to world economy

By Nick Beams, 12 February 2020

Trump removes restrictions on land mine use by US military

By Kevin Reed, 12 February 2020

Trump budget gives top priority to new generation of nuclear weapons

Indian budget inflicts more austerity amid job crisis, deepening economic slowdown

By Kranti Kumara, 12 February 2020

US jobs report: 11,000 US auto jobs lost in January

By Jessica Goldstein, 12 February 2020

New York state sues Trump administration over suspension of Trusted Traveler programs

By Shuvu Batta, 12 February 2020

New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans

By Sam Dalton, 12 February 2020

Financial board demands new cuts, privatizations in Boston transit system

By Andrew Timon, 12 February 2020

Cleveland-area officials announce plan to provide $14 million to industrial paint giant Sherwin-Williams

By Isaac Finn, 12 February 2020

Ten million workers in Britain toil in “low-quality” jobs

By Margot Miller, 12 February 2020

Hundreds of thousands denied pensions in Russia

By Andrea Peters, 12 February 2020

Canada’s military top brass joins CSIS in demanding Huawei ban

By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2020

Folk singers charged for violating Bangladesh’s draconian Digital Security Act

By Wimal Perera, 12 February 2020

Recession warnings fuel political instability in Australia

By Mike Head, 12 February 2020

The legacy of Tonga’s late “pro-democracy” PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 12 February 2020

New in Russian

Российско-белорусские переговоры по энергоносителям проваливаются, Минск сдвигается в сторону США и НАТО

Клара Вайс, 12 февраля 2020 г.

Текущая вспышка напряженности происходит в тот момент, когда США агрессивно усиливают попытки втянуть Минск в свою орбиту.

New in Turkish

Humboldt’taki IYSSE sözcüsü, Profesör Baberowski aleyhine disiplin soruşturması talep etti

Sven Wurm, 12 Şubat 2020

Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi IYSSE sözcüsü Sven Wurm, kendisine fiziksel olarak saldırmasının ardından Profesör Jörg Baberowski aleyhine üniversite yönetimine şikayet dilekçesi sundu.

Avustralya ile Yeni Zelanda’da Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük mitingleri düzenleniyor

SEP (Avustralya) ve SEG (Yeni Zelanda), 12 Şubat 2020

SEP, Assange’ın özgürlüğünü sağlamaya ve tüm demokratik hakları savunmaya gerçekten kararlı olan tüm grupların ve bireylerin mitinglere katılmasını memnuniyetle karşılayacaktır.

WRP Troçkizme Nasıl İhanet Etti?
WRP Geri Kalmış Ülkelerdeki Proletaryayı Terk Ediyor

12 Şubat 2020

WRP’nin Ortadoğu’daki burjuva rejimlerle kurduğu ilkesiz ilişkiler, proleter olmayan, yabancı sınıfsal güçlere yönelerek partinin siyasi sorunlarının üstesinden gelme girişimiydi.

New in Spanish

La pandemia del coronavirus: un desastre global

Por Bryan Dyne, 12 febrero 2020

El coronavirus se ha vuelto un desastre y una tragedia para decenas de miles infectados y decenas de millones que permanecen en cuarentena.

El presupuesto de Trump otorga la máxima prioridad a la nueva generación de armas nucleares

Por Patrick Martin, 12 febrero 2020

El documento presupuestario publicado el lunes revela que el Pentágono considera el uso de armas nucleares como una necesidad práctica.

Soldados salvadoreños invaden el Congreso según el presidente advierte sobre “estallido social” inminente

Por Andrea Lobo, 12 febrero 2020

El plan del presidente Bukele busca preparar una represión violenta de la oposición a la pobreza y la desigualdad que dan origen a las maras.

Ford reorganiza su administración y se prepara para más recortes después de una disminución del 99 por ciento en las ganancias

Por Marcus Day, 12 febrero 2020

Las ganancias en declive y la reorganización de la gestión de Ford vaticinan una aceleración del plan de cambio radical que lleva años en la empresa y ataques a los trabajadores a nivel global.

New in German

Die Coronavirus-Pandemie – eine globale Katastrophe

Bryan Dyne, 12. Februar 2020

Die Coronavirus-Pandemie ist zur Katastrophe und Tragödie für die zehntausenden Infizierten und die zig Millionen Menschen unter Quarantäne geworden.

Trumps Haushaltsentwurf: Oberste Priorität für eine neue Generation von Atomwaffen

Patrick Martin, 12. Februar 2020

Das Pentagon betrachtet den Einsatz von Atomwaffen als praktische Notwendigkeit, wenn es nach dem jüngsten Haushaltsentwurf geht.

Der Skandal um die Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) in Hessen

Marianne Arens, 12. Februar 2020

Überhöhte Gehälter, falsche Abrechnungen, teure Dienstwagen – die SPD-nahen AWO-Kreisverbände haben sich zu einem Eldorado für Karrieristen und Absahner entwickelt.

New in French

Le budget deTrump accorde une priorité absolue à la nouvelle génération d'armes nucléaires

Patrick Martin, 12 février 2020

Le document budgétaire publié lundi révèle que le Pentagone considère l'utilisation des armes nucléaires comme une nécessité pratique.

La pandémie de coronavirus: une catastrophe mondiale

Bryan Dyne, 12 février 2020

L'épidémie de coronavirus est devenue un désastre et une tragédie pour les dizaines de milliers de personnes infectées et les dizaines de millions qui restent en quarantaine.

Les négociations entre la Russie et le Belarus sur l'énergie échouent, Minsk se rapproche des États-Unis et de l'OTAN

Clara Weiss, 12 février 2020

La recrudescence récente des tensions se déroule sur fond de tentative agressive de la part des Etats-Unis d’attirer Minsk dans leur giron.

Le Dr Lissa Johnson appelle les travailleurs et les jeunes à se mobiliser pour défendre Julian Assange et Chelsea Manning

12 février 2020

Tous ceux qui reconnaissent que le moment est venu de prendre position contre l’injustice flagrante et pour les droits démocratiques fondamentaux devraient assister aux rassemblements.

New in Norwegian

Trump-budsjett gir topp-prioritet til ny generasjon atomvåpen

Patrick Martin, 12. februar 2020

Budsjettdokumentet som ble gitt ut på mandag avslører at Pentagon ser på bruken av atomvåpen som en praktisk nødvendighet.

Valgseier for Sinn Féin i Irlands parlamentsvalg gjenspeiler venstredreining

Steve James, 12. februar 2020

Sinn Féin er de ufortjente nyttehaverne av en skarp venstredreining blant brede seksjoner av arbeidende mennesker og ungdommen.

Tyskland: Rettssak i Hamburg mot tidligere SS-vokter i konsentrasjonsleiren Stutthof

Elizabeth Zimmermann, 12. februar 2020

I rettssaken mot den tidligere SS-vokteren Bruno D. har flere av medanklagerne understreket rettssakens betydning, og advart for den faktiske gjenkomsten av ytrehøyreekstremisme og fascisme i Tyskland, Europa og på tvers av hele verden.

Energisamtaler mellom Russland og Hviterussland mislykkes, der Minsk forflytter seg nærmere USA og NATO

Clara Weiss, 12. februar 2020

Den nylige oppblussingen av spenninger finner sted samtidig som USA aggressivt eskalerer presset for å trekke Minsk inn i sin omløpsbane.

Amerikansk filmskuespiller Kirk Douglas (1916-2020)

David Walsh, 12. februar 2020

Douglas, en av de ledende filmskuespillerne i epoken etter andre verdenskrig, er også kreditert for å ha bidratt til opphøret av den antikommunistiske svartelistinga ved å hyre den utestengte manusforfatteren Dalton Trumbo for Spartacus (1960).

Intervju med filmhistorikeren Joseph McBride: For Kirk Douglas var livet «som en krig – du må slåss hele tiden»

David Walsh, 12. februar 2020

WSWS snakket i forrige uke med filmhistoriker og pedagog Joseph McBride, som også er forfatter av mer enn 20 bøker, deriblant en verdifull biografi om Kirk Douglas.

Other Languages

Perspective

Growing class conflict in the US and the resurgence of socialism

13 February 2020

The expansion of the class struggle is the essential factor underlying the shift to the left among workers and the growing interest in socialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

Rank-and-file teachers in Sydney adopt resolution defending Assange and Manning

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 February 2020

The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.

Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

11 February 2020

Sydney rally tomorrow livestreamed on Facebook
Rallies in Australia and NZ to demand freedom for Assange and Manning. No to US extradition!

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020

Socialist Equality Party Public Meeting in London:
Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning! No US extradition!

28 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE spokesperson submits disciplinary complaint against right-wing extremist professor at Humboldt University in Berlin

By Sven Wurm, 10 February 2020

Right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski physically assaults socialist student

By our reporters, 5 February 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

A reply to the American Historical Review’s defense of the 1619 Project

By David North and Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2020

The disrespect expressed by editor Alex Lichtenstein toward leading historians reveals the extent to which racialist mythology, which has provided the “theoretical” foundation of middle-class identity politics, has been accepted, and even embraced, by a substantial section of the academic community as a legitimate basis for the teaching of American history.

My Response to Alex Lichtenstein Regarding the 1619 Project

By Victoria Bynum, 31 January 2020

The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to five historians

Election 2020

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

Arts Review

A comment on American Factory, the award-winning documentary

By Lily Zhao, 12 February 2020

The work won in the best documentary feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It was the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

2020 Academy Awards: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite from South Korea wins major awards

By David Walsh, 11 February 2020

On the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony
New York Times’ Wesley Morris complains that eight of the films nominated for Best Picture “are about white people”

American film actor Kirk Douglas (1916–2020)

By David Walsh, 10 February 2020

Interview with film historian Joseph McBride: For Kirk Douglas, life was “like a war—you have to fight all the time”

25 years ago: US House of Representatives moves to eliminate welfare

On February 15, 1995, the human services subcommittee of the Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee approved provisions to cut as much as $40 billion from welfare spending over five years.

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50 years ago: US Senate debates school segregation amendment

The week of February 10 saw debates in the US Senate regarding a proposed amendment aimed at blocking efforts to withhold federal education funds from southern schools that had not yet been desegregated.

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75 years ago: Allies begin murderous firebombing of Dresden

On February 13, 1945, British and American warplanes began a series of raids targeting Dresden, the densely populated capital of the German state of Saxony.

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100 years ago: Polish military celebrates outlet to Baltic Sea

On February 10, 1920, the military of the new nationalist regime in Poland performed a “wedding to the sea” ceremony to symbolize the acquisition of territory along the Baltic coast.

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Commentary

Trump’s budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution

By Eric London, 12 February 2020

German ruling class commemorates liberation of Auschwitz by planning new wars and new crimes

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2020

Trump gloats over impeachment, but popular opposition mounts to his administration

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

Accuser Jessica Mann’s testimony in the Weinstein trial: A Journey to the End of the Night

By David Walsh, 7 February 2020

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on the Iowa caucuses: Don’t lose faith in the Democrats

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

Britain leaves the European Union: Against nationalism, For the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 31 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Book Review

An examination of the anti-immigrant campaign in early 20th century America
The Guarded Gate, by Daniel Okrent (Scribner, 2019)

By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2020

A century after the imposition of racist immigration quotas in the US, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism are once again on the rise in the US and around the world.

History

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Seventy-five years after World War II: The ideological preparations for fascism and war
IYSSE holds second meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 28 January 2020

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

More on autoworkers struggles »

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

History of the ICFI

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019