Voices at the London Solidarity Vigil in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
By our reporters, 13 March 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s Solidarity Vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London to demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 March 2019
The proponents of the museum hope to bury the popular appeal of socialism under a mountain of lies, to legitimate the far right and provide a spur to a devastating programme of social counterrevolution.
Chris Marsden at Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange
By Chris Marsden, 12 March 2019
This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden at the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange held outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on March 10.
Emmy Butlin at London rally to defend Assange
“We need international solidarity to bring about a positive outcome in this struggle for freedom for Julian Assange”
12 March 2019
This speech was delivered by Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee at the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange held outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, on March 10.
End collaboration with the inquiry now!
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2019
What is confirmed by the Met’s announcement is that the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a filthy manoeuvre by the Conservative government, convened with the sole purpose of protecting the guilty from legal retribution.
By Barry Mason, 9 March 2019
Despite the Tory government’s perpetual rhetoric that “work pays,” reality shows being in work is no guarantee of escaping poverty.
By Chris Marsden, 8 March 2019
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has extraordinary legal powers, granted under the 2006 Equalities Act, and could open a full inquiry under section 20 of the Act within two weeks.
UK Labour Party members rebel against suspension of Chris Williamson MP for bogus claims of anti-Semitism
By Robert Stevens, 7 March 2019
Thousands of Corbyn supporters are demanding a full-scale confrontation with the Blairites and for them to be deselected and booted out, not Williamson.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2019
The British government has rejected both the ICJ’s order and its unanimous ruling that its jurisdiction relates to a UN process of decolonization, not a dispute between two states.
By Chris Marsden, 6 March 2019
The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.
By our reporters, 6 March 2019
On Monday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) submitted the final signatures for its participation in the European elections.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019
The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.
By Tom Pearce, 5 March 2019
The number of people sleeping rough has grown 169 percent over the decade, with experts warning the death toll is set to rise.
By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2019
Even now there is no concrete evidence linking the regime of President Vladimir Putin with the Skripal poisoning—or even proof that novichok was involved.
By Charles Hixson, 4 March 2019
Local authorities now pay private landlords to house homeless families.
By our reporters, 4 March 2019
“Marx’s ideas are important for showing us how to understand the current world and society… and how to build a new one.”
No to the witch-hunt of Chris Williamson!
By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2019
This witch-hunt will not stop at Williamson and a few high-profile figures. A lynch-mob has been unleashed that will inevitably target thousands of Labour members.
By Simon Whelan, 2 March 2019
Some 19,000 high street jobs have been lost or put at risk in the two months since Christmas.
Greetings from the Sri Lankan Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee to the Assange defence rallies in Australia
2 March 2019
Tea plantation workers struggling for decent working conditions have expressed their solidarity with the fight to free WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By Robert Stevens, 1 March 2019
What is taking place is class justice, in which the perpetrators of mass murder are walking free while firefighters are being targeted for blame.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2019
Sajid Javid’s decision is a blatant attack on democratic rights that effectively makes Begum and her new born baby stateless.
By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2019
This week’s events signify that the Blairites have de facto total control over party policy, just over three years after they were annihilated by Corbyn in the leadership contest.
By Laura Tiernan, 27 February 2019
The closure of the police investigations amounts to state protection for the fascist culprits of the worst attacks on Marx’s grave in more than four decades.
By Margot Miller, 26 February 2019
The Resolution Foundation think tank reports that child poverty is predicted to “rise to record levels within the next five years, and will be 6 percentage points higher in 2023-24 than in 2016-17.
26 February 2019
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2019
The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.
By our reporters, 25 February 2019
Students from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University attended the meeting, at which IYSSE member Thomas Scripps gave the opening report, followed by the German Socialist Equality Party deputy-leader Christoph Vandreier, who joined via video link from Berlin.
25 February 2019
The following resolution was adopted by a meeting in Cambridge convened by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), on Saturday February 23, 2019.
By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2019
The formation of the IG confirms there are no principled political difference between the Tories and the Blairite right—including the dozens of MPs who remain in the party thanks to the refusal of Corbyn to drive them out.
By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2019
Social media companies would be required by law to remove what is deemed as “disinformation,” as well as “harmful content,” or face potential fines.
How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution
By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2019
As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in the post-war period was to overturn the real “renewal” represented by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the “better world” beginning in Russia (none of which, incidentally, is shown in the exhibition).
By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2019
The only realistic way for Honda workers to fight back is through the adoption of their own independent strategy.
By Andy Thompson, 20 February 2019
Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.
By our reporters, 20 February 2019
“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.
By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2019
The attack on Karl Marx’s grave is a significant warning of the growing danger to the working class across Europe and internationally from far-right forces that have been deliberately cultivated by the bourgeoisie and given succour by the mass media.
By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 19 February 2019
It is Corbyn’s appeasement of the right that has allowed the seven MPs to walk out instead of being booted out by Labour’s members.
By our reporters, 18 February 2019
Up to 15,000 young people demonstrated throughout the UK on Friday, protesting in every main town and city.
By our reporters, 18 February 2019
Slaughter, of the Socialist Equality Party, was warmly welcomed, especially when she described the global character of the crisis and the necessity for global action to address it.
By Dennis Moore, 18 February 2019
A BBC analysis finds that millions of workers in Britain will see pay cuts in the coming weeks, as the amount they have to pay in pension contributions increases.
By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2019
Theresa May suffered a further defeat in Parliament over her Brexit policy, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was further undermined by a sizeable rebellion by the party’s Blairite right wing.
By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2019
The following is a reply by Socialist Equality Party (UK) national secretary Chris Marsden to Mark Gardner, deputy chief executive & communications director at the pro-Zionist Community Security Trust.
16 February 2019
“It is imperative that we pressure the Australian government to make sure its citizen, Julian Assange, is protected from the lawlessness of the American empire.”
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 15 February 2019
Young people are organising across national boundaries in recognition that climate change has global causes and global consequences. In doing so, they are meeting up with an international resurgence of the class struggle.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 February 2019
A check of its leading personnel exposes TPUK as a top-down operation of the Tory right, with the substantial backing of Turning Point’s US-based parent organisation and its fascistic supporters.
By Alice Summers, 14 February 2019
The study showed that ACM cladding is 55 times more flammable than the least flammable panels, with the PIR insulation used behind it at Grenfell Tower giving off smoke that was 15 times more toxic than the less flammable alternatives.
By Steve James, 13 February 2019
The Financial Times reported on a secret economic planning group in the British government, tasked with planning for a deep post Brexit economic crisis.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 February 2019
One soldier stationed in southern Iraq claimed he and fellow troops were told they were allowed to shoot anyone who acted suspiciously.
By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2019
The opposition of Corbyn et al. to all attempts to expel the Labour right has once again handed the initiative to the Blairites, despite Labour’s membership in overwhelming numbers hating everything they say and do.
12 February 2019
By our reporter, 11 February 2019
The SEP and the WSWS warn rail workers that the RMT bureaucracy cannot be trusted to defend the victimised worker, any more than they can to oppose the introduction of Driver Only Operated trains.
9 February 2019
“I wish you good luck and never give up. You need to be organised and stand up to the oppressing regime in order to succeed.”
By Barry Mason, 8 February 2019
According to an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, previous cuts in corporation tax led to a reduction of around £16.5 billion a year in revenue, between 2010 and 2016.
By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2019
While avoiding jail sentences, the 15 were still found guilty and now have criminal records.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2019
Under the banner of providing more choices, the government is ready to send more and more patients to private hospitals with the NHS footing the bill.
By Alice Summers, 6 February 2019
While employment rates have being steadily rising since the 2008 global financial crash, this increase has gone hand in glove with growing levels of job insecurity and stagnant pay.
By Margot Miller, 5 February 2019
The response of the trade unions to the job losses was predictably muted. No fight will be waged by them to save a single job.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 February 2019
The Institute for Statecraft and Integrity Initiative’s work is overseen by military intelligence operatives and run in service to the Ministry of Defence on behalf of a network of pro-British and US imperialist outfits.
By Steve James, 4 February 2019
Both Tory and Labour politicians support new Free Port deregulation zones.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 February 2019
As well as John Pilger, the Sydney rally will be addressed by SEP National Secretary James Cogan. Cogan will also be the main speaker at the demonstration in Melbourne on March 10.
By Chris Marsden, 1 February 2019
A new report shows that decades of cuts in social programs have fallen on all workers, regardless of whether they voted to leave or remain in the EU.
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 31 January 2019
Corbyn and his Labour Party are opposed to the free movement of European Union labour and support what Corbyn has termed “managed migration.”
By James Cogan, 30 January 2019
WikiLeaks is a media organization that exercised the legally-protected rights of the press to published leaked information.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 30 January 2019
May’s pledge to try to extract more concessions from the EU ensured that the government won the day, although this could prove to be a pyrrhic and very short-lived victory.
By Chris Marsden, 29 January 2019
Under conditions of intolerable levels of social inequality that will be exacerbated no matter the Brexit outcome, the power of the state will be directed against the true source of social discontent—the working class.
By our correspondent, 28 January 2019
The WSWS has been sent this appeal from a UK rail worker to colleagues employed by state run Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways). It calls for a joint fight against its privatised arm, Abellio, which is currently attacking jobs and working conditions across its private UK rail franchises.
By Steve James, 26 January 2019
Whatever the outcome of the legal case against Salmond, the SNP is being torn apart by factional infighting.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2019
Theresa May is calculating that enough rebel Brexiteers in her ruling Conservative Party, who voted against her original deal, will support her to ensure no possibility of Brexit being overturned.
“People are still being deported and thrown into detention centres”
By Margot Miller, 25 January 2019
Melanie Strickland is one of the anti-deportation campaigners found guilty of endangering safety at an airport in contravention of the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, part of Britain’s anti-terror laws.
By Mike Head, 24 January 2019
The WikiLeaks founder is seeking to block a concerted operation to terminate his political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.
By Robert Stevens, 24 January 2019
Nothing has been heard from the Skripals since they were spirited out of hospital months ago in a military-type operation and taken to a secret location.
24 January 2019
By Darren Paxton, 23 January 2019
Teachers in Scotland are demanding a 10 percent pay increase, having rejected on several occasions the Scottish government’s offer of a paltry 3 percent.
By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2019
The answer to austerity is not a pro-capitalist Labour government dedicated to rebuilding “national unity” across the Brexit divide, but the unification of workers in Britain with the working class across the continent in the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe.
By Chris Marsden, 22 January 2019
With just 67 days before Brexit is scheduled to take place on March 29, Corbyn has once again folded his hand and united with his right-wing.
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2019
The various options being debated are solely concerned with securing the strategic interests of British imperialism.
By Barry Mason, 21 January 2019
The trade unions act as management partners and are doing nothing to oppose the job losses.
By Tom Pearce and Paul Mitchell, 21 January 2019
In the documentary, we witness the distress resulting from teacher shortages, large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and insufficient support for children with special needs, all in pursuit of “balancing the budget.”
By Robert Stevens, 19 January 2019
Led by the Blairite wing of the Labour, Pro-Remain politicians calculated that the decks would now be cleared for them to campaign for a second “People’s Vote” to overturn the 2016 referendum.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 January 2019
The Blairites are opposed to a general election and aim to block Brexit without letting what is nominally their own party under Corbyn anywhere near power.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 17 January 2019
What should have been a day of reckoning for May turned out to be a humiliating verdict on every capitulation made by Labour leader Corbyn to his party’s right wing since he became leader in September 2015.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 January 2019
The trial at Preston Crown Court highlights the immense scale of the state cover-up carried out in regard to the Hillsborough tragedy, in which 96 people died, the worst disaster in British sporting history.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 16 January 2019
In response to the resounding rejection of May’s proposal, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no confidence for Wednesday.
By Paul Bond, 16 January 2019
The suit claims Arconic “knowingly or recklessly supplied its highly flammable Reynobond polyethylene (PE) cladding panels for use in high-rise buildings.”
By Chris Marsden, 15 January 2019
The fight over Brexit revolves around the best means of advancing the interests of British imperialism for control of global markets.
By Alice Summers, 15 January 2019
While the vast majority of British workers have suffered a decline in wages unsurpassed for over a century, top bosses have seen their pay grow rapidly year on year.
By Steve James, 14 January 2019
The deeper the crisis, the more openly the Labour Party and the trade unions reveal their function as a political and industrial police force for big business over the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2019
Last October, JLR posted losses of £90 million and has seen a collapse in sales by nearly 50 percent in its main and most profitable market, China.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 12 January 2019
The SEP insists that the answer to austerity in the UK is not the election of a pro-capitalist Labour government, but the unification of the working class across the continent in the struggle for socialism.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 January 2019
A host of articles attacking Julian Assange this week are representative of what the world-renowned investigative journalist John Pilger aptly described as “Vichy journalism.”
“We’re living in the Dark Ages—how can there be so much wealth and so much misery?”
By our reporters, 11 January 2019
Over the holiday period, WSWS reporters spoke to homeless people, charities and volunteers dealing with the escalating homeless crisis in the UK.
By Robert Stevens, 10 January 2019
The vote was the second defeat of the government in less than 24 hours as a result of pro-Remain Tories blocking with the opposition parties.
By Margot Miller, 10 January 2019
The Manchester attack is the second on RMT members in the last six months.
By Robert Stevens, 9 January 2019
May is using the growing possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit, with its unforetold economic and social consequences, to pressure Brussels for more and to force MPs to back her deal.
By Steve James, 8 January 2019
Preparations involve 50,000 troops in mainland Britain and 1,000 more police in Northern Ireland—close to half the current size of the British Army and more than the force sent by the government to invade Iraq.
By Robert Stevens, 7 January 2019
Leaked documents indicate that the moves against Russia over the Skripal affair were scripted well in advance.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2019
Not a word about Rudy Giuliani’s Fox News interview has been said by the political and media establishment in the US, Europe or Australia.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 January 2019
A right-wing anti-immigration campaign is being manufactured around the minuscule number of desperate souls—539 in total—who tried to cross the Channel in 2018.
By Steve James, 3 January 2019
Workers at optical electronics firm Kaiam in Livingston, Scotland, were laid off following the company’s collapse.
By Margot Miller, 3 January 2019
Over the last five years, an estimated 2,627 homeless people have perished on the streets.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2018
Amid an unprecedented crisis of rule, Corbyn’s major concern is to preserve the unity of the Labour Party on the basis that only a Labour government can rescue British imperialism.