Editorials

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 February 2015

The meeting on Tuesday was to launch a further escalation of German militarism in the name of human rights and civilian intervention.

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

By Christoph Dreier, 9 January 2015

On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany.

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

By Christoph Dreier, 3 January 2015

The right-wing movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) was largely manufactured by the establishment parties and the media.

Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster

By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014

December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005.

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him.

The disappeared students and Mexico’s deepening political crisis

By Don Knowland, 14 November 2014

The disappearance of 43 rural teaching students has contributed to a growing popular rejection of the major political parties in Mexico.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 2

LSSP rejects the ICFI’s defence of Trotskyism

By Saman Gunadasa, 10 October 2014

The second of four articles on the political lessons of the entry of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party into the Sri Lankan government of Madame Sirima Bandaranaike in June 1964.

The Scottish referendum: Lessons from Quebec

By Keith Jones, 17 September 2014

As in Scotland today, in the run-up to the 1995 Quebec referendum, the unions and pseudo-left played a critical role in giving a “progressive” coloring to the reactionary project for an independent capitalist Quebec.

Counterfire attacks socialist opposition to Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 15 September 2014

The Counterfire group, a split-off from Britain’s Socialist Workers Party, has published a political apologia for the Scottish National Party and Scottish nationalism.

Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos backs Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 12 August 2014

The British Socialist Workers Party is consciously lining up behind the creation of a minor imperialist state in Scotland.

The return of German Great Power politics and the attacks on the historian Fritz Fischer

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 5 August 2014

The Berlin political scientist Herfried Münkler is conducting a fierce campaign against Fritz Fischer, who has been a major influence on the understanding of German responsibility for the First World War.

The lessons of August 4, 1914

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 August 2014

One hundred years ago, the social democracy’s vote for war credits in World War I sounded the death knell of the epoch of national programs for the working class.

The Detroit water shutoffs: A social crime

By Lawrence Porter—Chairman of the Detroit Workers Committee, 15 July 2014

Up to 150,000 households—behind on their bills by as little as two months, or $150—have been targeted for water shutoffs.

Oppose the witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 July 2014

The witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative is aimed at intimidating opponents of the Abbott government.

EU summit in Ypres: National conflicts and militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2014

The EU does not preserve European peace. It is a breeding ground for social inequality, nationalism and war.

ISIS offensive in Iraq exposes French pseudo-left’s support for Syria war

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2014

The NPA is seeking to cover up its responsibility in pressing for imperialism to arm Sunni Islamist militias in the region, while downplaying the risk of a wider war.

German militarism and the US debacle in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2014

The German bourgeoisie is responding to the debacle of US imperialism in Iraq by intensifying its campaign for militarism and war.

Vote “no” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 June 2014

All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014

The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014

Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.

Financial Times’ attack on Piketty under fire

By Nick Beams, 30 May 2014

The Financial Times’ scurrilous attack on Thomas Piketty has been opposed by those working in the field of economic and social inequality.

NZ pseudo-left group defends Mana-Internet Party alliance

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014

The pseudo-left groups, already part the Maori-nationalist Mana party, are integrating even more closely into the New Zealand political establishment.

The firing of the New York Times’ Jill Abramson

By David Walsh, 21 May 2014

The dismissal of the New York Times’ first female executive editor on May 14 lifted the lid, briefly and partially, on the US media establishment and its personnel.

Germany: Marx21’s Janine Wissler elected to Left Party leadership

By Marianne Arens, 21 May 2014

The role of Janine Wissler is to provide a “left” face for the right wing course of the Left Party.

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014

A genuine struggle against the budget cannot be based on swapping one set of capitalist politicians for another within the parliamentary establishment.

Australia: The politics of Socialist Alternative’s protest on ABC’s “Q&A”

By Zac Hambides, 13 May 2014

The incident provided a foretaste of the diversionary campaigns that will be organised by the pseudo-left as tonight’s budget measures provoke opposition.

As geopolitical tensions grow with China

Australian columnist lauds World War I as a “just war”

By James Cogan, 12 May 2014

The language used by Sheridan resonates with his portrayal of US and Australian foreign policy as a justified response to China’s “military build-up.”

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part one

By Alejandro López, 30 April 2014

This is the first of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.

French pseudo-left falls in line with Valls’ attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2014

The petty-bourgeois “left” parties seek to block popular opposition to the shift to the right being prepared by the newly-installed Socialist Party government.

French elections: Rising neo-fascist vote exposes bankruptcy of pseudo-left NPA

By Kumaran Ira, 29 March 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party has responded to the rising neo-fascist vote in the municipal elections by endorsing France’s bourgeois “left” parties.

The pseudo-left and the plenums in Bosnia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 22 March 2014

Protests in Bosnia last month originated in the working class district of Tuzla, after the closure of four privatized bankrupt factories threw thousands out of a job without redundancy pay.

Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and international law

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2014

Gerhard Schröder described Putin’s actions in Ukraine as a violation of international law, but the former German chancellor also accepted that he had been in breach of international law in Yugoslavia.

“Emergency Town Hall meeting” in Detroit promotes Obama

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014

The March 2 meeting, sponsored by liberal and “left” supporters of the Democratic Party, called on Detroit pensioners to appeal to the Obama administration to defend them.

What is Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign?

By Steve James, 28 January 2014

The Scottish Radical Independence Campaign plays a critical role in attempting to provide some form of left camouflage for a divisive, right-wing policy.

Socialist Alternative councilwoman backs Democrats’ minimum wage maneuver

By Jerry White, 21 January 2014

Socialist Alternative conceives of an “independent” party as a political mechanism for applying pressure on the Democratic Party.

The International Socialist Organization and the betrayal of the Boeing workers

By Jerry White, 10 January 2014

In the aftermath of the defeat of the Boeing workers at the hands of International Association of Machinists, the International Socialist Organization has published a commentary that whitewashes the role of the IAM and seeks to prevent workers from drawing any political lessons from this latest betrayal by the unions.

Germany’s Left Party defends the European Union

By Christoph Dreier, 2 December 2013

The draft program of the Left Party for the European elections contains a vehement defence of the European Union and its bailout regime.

UK Socialist Party mounts its defence of the union bureaucracy

By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2013

The Socialist Party’s Socialism 2013 conference was a desperate exercise in covering the exposed rear of the trade union bureaucracy.

Brazil’s pseudo-lefts maneuver toward electoral front

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2013

In the wake of last June’s massive popular demonstrations, a group of pseudo-left parties in Brazil are engaged in political maneuvers aimed at cobbling together a “left front” coalition for the 2014 elections.

New York Times: Treat high medical costs as a “serious side effect”

By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013

The Times and the well-off layers that it represents continue their support of Obamacare with calls for reducing “unnecessary” medical services for working families and the poor.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

4 November 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing a Workers Inquiry as the next stage in the Battle of Detroit in opposition to the entire political establishment.

German Left Party reacts to NSA spying scandal with call for stronger secret services

By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2013

The Left Party has joined official German and international political circles calling for a strengthening of Germany’s counter-intelligence capacities.

Bankruptcy proceedings in Detroit: The looting of an American city

By Jerry White, 28 October 2013

A foul spectacle is being played out in bankruptcy court in Detroit that has ominous implications for workers throughout the United States and internationally.

Germany: The Left Party embarks on a war course

By Johannes Stern, 21 October 2013

The Left Party openly advocates foreign military missions and a more active military policy for German imperialism.

CBS “60 Minutes” report on Detroit: An apologia for Wall Street looting

By Shannon Jones, 16 October 2013

In so far as the report presents any explanation for the crisis in the city, it is to suggest that overly generous wages and benefits are to blame.

On the 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Rivera Court

Museum show misrepresents Detroit’s crisis and history

By Tim Rivers, 30 September 2013

An exhibition of 14 mural panels commemorating the completion eighty years ago, in March 1933, of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes opened September 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

The German Left Party’s pursuit of war in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

The Syrian opposition groups supported by the Left Party are the loudest advocates of US military intervention to topple the Assad regime.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt: The political lessons

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The recent events in Egypt represent a defeat for the masses, but this does not mean the end of the revolution, it is rather the end of its initial stages.

German President Gauck’s state visit to France

By Peter Schwarz, 7 September 2013

The visit of German President Joachim Gauck to the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, where the Waffen-SS killed 642 civilians during World War II, gave French President Francois Hollande backing for his plans for war against Syria.

Stop the prosecution of Savas Michael-Matsas and Constantinos Moutzouris

By the WSWS International Editorial Board, 27 August 2013

Greek leftist Savas Michael-Matsas and academic Constantinos Moutzouris are the targets of a legal frame-up orchestrated by Greek fascists and their allies in the state.

German pseudo-left think tank asserts “no alternative” to capitalism

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 27 August 2013

A panel discussion at the University of Frankfurt exposed the contempt for the working class of the social democrats, Greens and Left Party.

Fifty years since the March on Washington

By Fred Mazelis, 24 August 2013

The 50-year commemoration of the March on Washington is a mockery of the struggles and sacrifices embodied in the mass civil rights movement.

The American “left” and Edward Snowden

By Eric London, 24 August 2013

The American “left” exposes its contempt for democratic rights in its coverage of the Snowden revelations and the response of the Obama administration.

Obama, the secrets of the state, and the persecution of Edward Snowden

By David North, 20 August 2013

All constitutional issues are seen by Obama not as matters of legal substance but, rather, merely problems of public perception. It is not the actions of the state that need to be changed, but the perceptions of the American people.

How Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists helped pave the way for military repression

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2013

The Revolutionary Socialists have played a vital part in a political conspiracy against the Egyptian working class.

GM Holden’s wage-cutting deal and the Labor government’s “productivity” agenda

By Patrick O’Connor—SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 17 August 2013

The GMH agreement sets a new benchmark for the corporate assault on workers’ wages and conditions.

Friedman of the Times demands Edward Snowden turn himself in

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2013

The New York Times columnist assures the former NSA contractor that the US system “will not allow an authentic whistle-blower to be unfairly punished.”

UAW head calls for restructuring Detroit on the model of the auto industry

By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2013

In the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy filing, the UAW is calling for sacrifices to be imposed on workers in line with the 2009 forced bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry.

University union spends $1 million to back Greens

By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 27 July 2013

The NTEU is backing the Greens, the very party that has propped up the minority Labor government since 2010.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

The Detroit bankruptcy and the assault on democratic rights

By Jerry White, 26 July 2013

The bankruptcy filing by Detroit’s unelected emergency manager last week is the outcome of an anti-democratic conspiracy conducted by top political officials from both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

The US establishment swoons over the royal birth

By David Walsh, 23 July 2013

The American news and entertainment media went into a frenzy Monday on reports that the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labor and later in the day gave birth to a baby boy.

“Independent” trade unions join military-backed government in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

The integration of “independent” trade unions into Egypt’s military regime exposes the anti-democratic role of groups like the Revolutionary Socialists, which have promoted them.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists support US-backed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2013

The pseudo-left stands condemned by its own words and actions as political agents of imperialism.

International Socialist Organization backs Egyptian coup

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2013

In a July 5 interview, ISO leader Ahmed Shawki declared his support for the military government that took power in Egypt on July 3.

A letter from Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, liberal advocate of a police state

By Tom Carter, 8 July 2013

From the first line to the last, Professor Stone’s letter confirms the WSWS’s frequent warning that the entire political establishment, including its “liberal” sections, is openly hostile to democratic principles.

Falsifying the American Civil War: Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg

By Eric London and Jerry White, 8 July 2013

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin attempted to strip the American Civil War of its revolutionary significance in her keynote speech at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

German Left Party makes nationalist appeal

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2013

The deputy chair of the German Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, has spoken out against educating young unemployed people from other European countries.

French pseudo-left works to defeat workers’ opposition to upcoming pension cuts

By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2013

The NPA is trying to bring the popular opposition to the Socialist Party’s austerity policies into the dead end of support for the Left Front and the union bureaucracy.

Britain’s People’s Assembly covers for Labour and trade unions

By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 26 June 2013

The “People’s Assembly Against Austerity”, held in London last Saturday, was an attempt by its Labour Party and pseudo-left organisers to provide a cover for the reactionary role of the trade union bureaucracy.

Three years since the US-backed coup against Australian Labor PM

By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2013

The SEP was alone in warning that the 2010 coup was bound up with a fundamental sea-change in geo-politics and a deepening assault on the basic democratic rights of the working class.

German Marx 21 group advocates military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 22 June 2013

Marx 21 is spreading lies about the character of the war in Syria, backing the efforts by the imperialist powers to re-colonise the entire Middle East.

The California Nurses Association and health care “militancy”

By David Brown, 18 June 2013

Although presented as a “progressive” union by various pseudo-left groups, the California Nurses Association has suppressed the struggles of health care workers while subordinating them to the Democratic Party.

The NSA revelations and Obama’s “pivot to Asia”

By John Chan, 17 June 2013

Edward Snowden’s revelations of criminal NSA cyber operations against China have exposed the imperialist character of the entire policy of the US “pivot to Asia.”

Another boat disaster highlights criminality of Australian refugee policy

By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 15 June 2013

Like its counterparts around the world, the Australian political establishment is scapegoating asylum seekers.

Germany: The NSU investigation committee and the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 27 May 2013

The Left Party has worked closely with other bourgeois parties and the security services to defend the bourgeois state from the escalating neo-Nazi NSU scandal.

The SPD celebrates its 150th anniversary

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2013

The ceremony in Leipzig is completely directed towards the ruling elite, with the SPD eager to confirm that it will faithfully represent its interests at a time of crisis.

Beppe Grillo agitates against immigrants

By Marianne Arens, 22 May 2013

On May 14, Beppe Grillo published a racist blog post appealing to far-right forces.

Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby versus Prince Harry and his polo-playing American friends

By David Walsh, 17 May 2013

During his recent trip to the US, Britain’s Prince Harry had time for a polo match in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Stephen Hawking and the academic boycott of Israel

By Chris Marsden, 15 May 2013

In a letter explaining his decision to pull out of Israel’s Presidential conference, noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explained that Israeli government policy “is likely to lead to disaster.”

Romanian pseudo-lefts praise Hungary’s right-wing government

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 10 May 2013

At a recent conference in Romania, pseudo-left forces praised the right-wing Hungarian government led by Victor Orban.

New revelations about filmmakers’ collaboration with CIA on Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 10 May 2013

New information has surfaced about the level of cooperation between Mark Boal, who wrote the script for Kathryn Bigelow’s pro-torture Zero Dark Thirty, and the US intelligence apparatus.

Left Unity: Director Ken Loach fronts initiative of Britain’s pseudo-left groups

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2013

A campaign for a new “left” party has been launched by sections of Britain’s pseudo-left, modelled on SYRIZA in Greece.

Barack Obama pays tribute to George W. Bush at presidential library opening

By David Walsh, 26 April 2013

The dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center was an opportunity for the US political elite, Democratic and Republican wing alike, to express its essential unity and singleness of purpose.

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the Victorian teachers’ betrayal

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2013

The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative functions as a prop for the trade unions and an accomplice of the federal Labor government.

The petty-bourgeois “left” promotes the CIA war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2013

The petty-bourgeois “left” has reacted to the publication of detailed reports on the CIA’s role in backing Islamist forces for the US proxy war in Syria by intensifying their support for the war.

UK: The political fraud of the “anti-bedroom tax” campaign

By Steve James, 6 April 2013

The pseudo-left parties in the UK are using opposition to the introduction of the “bedroom tax” to help the trade unions, Labour Party and Scottish National Party posture as opponents of austerity.

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case

By David Walsh, 20 March 2013

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case is a tragedy, which has been immeasurably worsened by the intervention of the American media, and in particular its so-called left elements.

Europe’s rulers whip up anti-immigrant chauvinism

By Julie Hyland, 18 March 2013

The rights of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens have been targeted by the European Union.

Bradley Manning and the media

By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013

At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013

The release of Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained in the latter part of 2012 ignited an intense and still ongoing media debate on the films’ respective merits and related historical issues.

American Federation of Teachers’ journal slanders historian Howard Zinn

By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013

A review article on A People’s History of the US in the current issue of American Educator lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism.

The increasingly right-wing, pro-Democratic Party ISO

By David Walsh, 16 February 2013

The response of the International Socialist Organization to Barack Obama’s February 12 State of the Union address is telling about the group’s evolution.

The Nation magazine and Obama’s assassination program

By David Walsh, 13 February 2013

The liberal-left downplays the threat to basic rights and expresses continued support for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013

The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.

The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013

In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.

UK Socialist Party backs Len McCluskey reelection in UNITE union

By Paul Stuart, 26 January 2013

The UK Socialist Party web site boasted of a meeting with Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Britain’s largest trade union UNITE.

Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013

Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.

Lance Armstrong and the world of professional sports

By David Walsh, 23 January 2013

Armstrong apparently operated a type of mini-Mafia in cycling, bringing to the sport the very worst of American predatory entrepreneurship.

The Australian pseudo-left and the NSW public sector union

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2013

The ex-lefts play a politically insidious role in subordinating workers to the unions, as the latter collaborate with governments and employers to slash jobs, wages and conditions.