By Ulrich Rippert, 7 April 2012
The outcry in German media and political circles over a recent poem by Günter Grass is the prelude to a war-mongering campaign aimed at justifying a military adventure that could plunge the entire Middle East, and then the world, into a new conflagration.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 April 2012
The victory of Respect Party candidate George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election last week has been met with shock and nervousness throughout the political establishment and media.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for president
By Jerry White, 31 March 2012
The killing of Trayvon Martin was a horrific crime that has provoked anger and protests throughout the country and internationally. A 17-year-old young man was shot in cold blood, and his killer has not been arrested or charged of any crime.
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 March 2012
Phyllis Scherrer, the vice presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, spoke at a meeting in West Virginia on Thursday. The meeting was attended by a laid off steel worker and students from the area.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 23 March 2012
Socialist Equality Party Presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement to workers in Detroit, who are facing the shredding of what little remains of the social infrastructure in the city.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2012
On the ninth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, New York Times columnist and former editor Bill Keller has penned a self-serving piece that obscures his own role in justifying that war,while setting ground rules for launching the next one.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 March 2012
The New Anti-Capitalist Party is promoting military intervention in Syria, as calls for war from imperialist politicians continue to mount.
By our correspondents, 8 March 2012
The German Socialist Equality Party (PSG) and the ISSE held a meeting in Germany calling forsolidarity with the Greek working class
The case for public ownership of the oil industry
Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for president
Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 3 March 2012
The sharp increase in the price of gasoline during the first two months of 2012 has dealt a blow to the living standards of working people in the United States, already hard hit by four years of unrelenting economic slump.
By International Students for Social Equality, 29 February 2012
Students must consciously reach out to workers as allies in a common battle and fight to transform the student strike against tuition fee increases into a unified struggle in defense of all public services, all social programmes, and all jobs.
Statement of Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president
By Jerry White, 27 February 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement to Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio. The workers are voting on a tentative agreement today after being locked out for three months.
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 20 February 2012
The court martial of alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning highlights the intersection between the crimes of American militarism and the attack on democratic rights by the Obama administration.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 February 2012
The European working class and especially German workers must come to the aid of the Greek population.
By our reporter, 15 February 2012
The SEP’s candidate for US president issued the following statement demanding an end to the Rajapaske government’s campaign of intimidation against the SEP in Sri Lanka.
By Janel Flechsig, 7 February 2012
The response of representatives of left-liberal and pseudo-socialist circles to Barack Obama’s January 24 State of the Union address confirms their role as adjuncts of the Democratic Party and supporters of Obama’s reelection campaign.
By Barry Grey, 28 January 2012
The American trade union leadership can be counted on to resort to demagogy and lies in pursuit of its narrow self-interest. In its response to Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the union brass did not disappoint.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2012
This is the second in a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2012
The January 3 Iowa caucus, the first contest for the Republican presidential nomination, marks the official beginning of 2012 US election campaign, an exercise in mass deception.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 January 2012
This is the first of a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Socialist Equality Party, 28 December 2011
The campaign by sections of the Democratic Party establishment against a state takeover of Detroit has nothing in common with a defense of the rights of working people.
By Vladimir Volkov, 23 December 2011
The Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), created at the beginning of this March, is trying to establish in Russia a culture of pseudo-left opportunism, completely hostile to the working class.
By David Walsh, 17 December 2011
Christopher Hitchens began his public life as a “left” journalist in Britain and moved on, without undergoing any apparent internal struggle, to become a proponent of imperialist war and oppression, residing in Washington, D.C.
By Janel Flechsig, 13 December 2011
The Nation’s Katha Pollitt responded to the Obama administration’s decision to bar over-the-counter sales of the Plan B drug to all women by pledging to vote for Obama.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2011
The military’s dumping of the remains of US soldiers killed in Iraq underscores the cynicism and brutality that have accompanied a decade of uninterrupted war.
By International Students for Social Equality, 28 November 2011
The attack by campus police against a peaceful protest at UC Davis raises the need for a mass movement of the working class to protect the right to education and democratic rights.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 21 November 2011
This article analyzes the role of the pseudo-left organizations in opposing a struggle by the working class to bring down the military junta in Egypt.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 14 November 2011
With the winter season approaching, utility shutoffs will again claim the lives of innocent people and cause widespread suffering. This must be stopped.
By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2011
The gulf between the trade union bureaucracy and the working class was brought into sharp relief by an event held Monday evening at Wortley Hall, Sheffield.
By David Walsh, 11 November 2011
The Occupy Wall Street and associated protests represent the re-emergence of social struggle at the center of American political life after an absence of several decades. In this context, the ISO promotes the unions and identity politics.
By our correspondents, 9 November 2011
The SEP and ISSE warned that the detention of Tamil youth by the Sri Lankan government is part of a wider assault on the democratic rights of workers and youth.
By the International Students for Social Equality, 8 November 2011
The ISSE will hold a public lecture in Colombo on November 17 on the internal crisis of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its implications for workers and youth.
By David Walsh, 28 October 2011
The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of the most relentless advocates of the American trade unions anywhere on the political spectrum.
By Dave Hyland, 27 October 2011
Billy Bragg, the British musician and political activist, has posted an article on his web site opposing any political development of the Occupy Wall Street campaign.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2011
University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole claims the revolting murder of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as “vindication” for the imperialist war against Libya that he championed.
By Nick Beams, 22 October 2011
A significant feature of the movement, at least in the US, is that it has developed largely out of the control of the various pseudo-left groups, all of which spent the past three decades promoting various forms of sexual and identity politics as they wrote off the revolutionary role of the working class.
By Barry Grey, 18 October 2011
One day after hundreds of thousands of people around the world demonstrated against inequality and the domination of society by the banks, President Barack Obama invoked the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach the “common humanity” of the oppressor and the oppressed.
the WSWS editorial board, 14 October 2011
However large or small, the initial global protests this weekend reflect the elementary awareness that the working class everywhere confronts common problems and a common enemy.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2011
In back-to-back pieces by its leading columnists, the New York Times proclaims NATO’s war in Libya as a new model for “humanitarian” interventionism.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 August 2011
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj iek has launched a vicious attack on the youth involved in the riots.
Socialist Equality Party, 20 August 2011
Verizon workers should reject and oppose the attempt by the CWA and the IBEW to end their strike. It is the first step in selling out all the demands of the workers and imposing a disastrous defeat.
By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2011
The petty-bourgeois Socialist Alternative grouping has revealed its true class character by backing the Left Party’s election campaign and the social devastation it has wrought in Berlin.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2011
In response to the World Socialist Web Site’s demand for a retraction of his slanders, Juan Cole offers an unserious reply, proving himself incapable of answering our arguments or defending his support for the imperialist war against Libya.
By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2011
A critique of Obama in the Sunday Review section of the August 7 New York Times leaves out one essential factor: the class interests which the US president serves.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 11 August 2011
The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the police assault that has been unleashed against young people in Britain and demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the areas they now occupy.
By Paul Stuart, 11 August 2011
In an attack on democratic rights, an August 4 public meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party was banned on political grounds by management at Vital Regeneration who are contracted to run residents meeting halls by Westminster local authority, London.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2011
The World Socialist Web Site demands that Professor Cole retract his slanderous claim that the WSWS supports a massacre in Libya.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 August 2011
Conductors at London Midland private rail franchise are currently voting on a restructuring package agreed between the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union and the company. The SEP is distributing this statement to workers at London Midland depots.
By David Walsh, 4 August 2011
The Nation and the International Socialist Organization (ISO) divert attention from the central lessons of the recent crisis and continue to encourage illusions in one faction or another of the Democratic Party.
By Joseph Santolan, 23 July 2011
As tensions between China and the United States mount over the disputed South China Sea, the various parties of the Philippine ‘left’ have been thoroughly exposed as lackeys of different sections of the local bourgeoisie.
Reject appeals to government ministers:
Socialist Equality Party, 23 July 2011
Almost 1,500 jobs are set to go at the Bombardier factory in Derby, England.
SEP holds meeting in Berlin
By a correspondent, 20 July 2011
At a meeting in Berlin last Saturday the chairman of the German Socialist Equality Party described the threat of the default by Greece as an expression of the global crisis of capitalism.
By David Walsh, 18 July 2011
The International Socialist Organization (ISO) posted an editorial July 13 on the subject of Barack Obama’s proposal for massive budget cuts, referring to those who aroused expectations in Obama.
By Tom Carter, 7 July 2011
In the aftermath of the collapse of the prosecution’s case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the New York Times is conducting a rearguard action to justify the conduct of the prosecutor.
By Stephen Alexander, 24 June 2011
On June 30, a number of trade unions dominated by ex-left tendencies plan to hold a limited strike across England and Wales.
By Jonathan Aswan, 10 June 2011
On May 27, hundreds of thousands workers and youth demonstrated across Egypt against the military junta which took power after Mubarak's ouster on February 11.
Unite all sections of the working class! Public education is a social right!
By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 10 June 2011
Students, teachers, parents and the working class as a whole must mobilize to reject the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.
By International Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2011
This summer, as schools go on break, and millions of students graduate from high school and college, young people throughout the United States are confronted with a basic problem: there are no jobs.
By Tony Robson and Chris Marsden, 6 June 2011
The agreement with British Airways endorsed by the Unite trade union sets up a scabs charter.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 June 2011
The Socialist Alternative group has defended the union bureaucracy in Germany and attacked the WSWS.
Support the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party in Berlin! For a socialist answer to welfare cuts, racism and war!
2 June 2011
The campaign of the Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) in the September 18 Berlin elections is being waged to build a socialist alternative to today’s conformist politics and party landscape.
By David Walsh, 23 May 2011
The response of the Nation magazine and the International Socialist Organization (ISO) to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges.
By Niall Green, 23 May 2011
In his remarks in Washington on Friday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took aim at Republicans who have threatened the position of the union bureaucracy, while praising President Obama as he pushes through trillions in spending cuts.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 May 2011
The formation by the Scottish National Party of a majority administration in the Holyrood parliament raises issues of serious concern for the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2011
On May 5 Olivier Besancenot, the long-time spokesman of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), announced that he would not run in the 2012 presidential campaign.
After first bowing to Zionist McCarthyism:
By Fred Mazelis, 12 May 2011
The City University of New York board initially voted to deny Kushner a degree after one trustee objected to his alleged hostility to Israel and Zionism.
By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2011
With its decision to halt the expulsion procedures against Thilo Sarrazin and to keep this blatant racist in the ranks of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), German social democracy has moved sharply to the right.
By Lucas Adler, 7 May 2011
The Left Party is using the war against Libya to move closer to the German government and shield it against popular opposition.
By Tom Eley, 23 April 2011
This is the third installment in a four-part WSWS series marking the first anniversary of the BP Gulf oil disaster. The catastrophic ecological and human health consequences will last for decades.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) council election campaign
By Robert Skelton, 16 April 2011
Robert Skelton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Ardwick ward.
By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2011
Britain’s Guardian newspaper has responded to the March 26 half-million strong Trades Union Congress demonstration against the government’s £100 billion austerity programme with barely concealed hostility.
A guest commentator:
By Virginia Smith, 13 April 2011
In a recent letter to the Yale community, President Rick Levin announced final agreement with the National University of Singapore to create a new liberal arts college based on the Yale model.
Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 8 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party distributed this statement in the form of a leaflet to demonstrators on a protest of teachers in Berlin, April 5.
6 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has launched its campaign for the May 5 local authority elections in Sheffield and Manchester.
6 April 2011
Robert Skelton and Simon Walker are standing as the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates in the May 5 local authority elections in Manchester and Sheffield.
Reject the AFL-CIO and Democratic Party
Socialist Equality Party, 4 April 2011
Supporters of the SEP are distributing the following statements at the “We Are One” demonstrations organized by the AFL-CIO in Madison, Wisconsin and other locations in the US.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 March 2011
Today’s demonstration was fraudulently billed by Trades Union Congress head Brendan Barber as the start of a fight-back against the coalition government’s austerity measures.
By Marianne Arens, 26 March 2011
On Sunday, March 27, citizens of Hesse will decide whether there should be a public-borrowing prohibition clause in the state constitution.
By Alex Lantier, 26 March 2011
Lévy uses his bogus “human rights” credentials to bolster the propaganda of the French government—which claims to be intervening in Libya in a limited campaign designed to protect the lives of rebel National Council supporters.
By David Walsh, 24 March 2011
On March 21, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, a principal voice of the American liberal-left in the mainstream media, offered a defense of the Obama administration and its role in launching a military assault on Libya.
15 March 2011
This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.
By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2011
WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, published by the Guardian newspaper, is a politically-motivated hatchet job aimed at discrediting Assange and facilitating his persecution.
By Chris Marsden, 4 March 2011
A survey commissioned by the anti-fascist group Searchlight has been given saturation media coverage in Britain.
By Ulrich Rippert, 28 February 2011
Right-wing political and media forces are demagogically exploiting the extraordinary arrogance of Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to further undermine democratic rights in Germany.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2011
The return of the German SPD to political prominence serves to prepare fresh attacks on the working population, which will put all previous attacks in the shade.
By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2011
It is in order to ensure that a mounting strike wave involving millions does not threaten the survival of the pro-Western military regime in Egypt that the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) poses as an ally of Egyptian workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2011
The Left Party in Germany has reacted to the development of the burgeoning revolution in the Middle East by closing ranks with the government and offering its support.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 11 February 2011
WSWS reporters attended a February 9 meeting of France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party in Paris, titled “Tunisia-Egypt, from revolt to revolution.”
Oppose all cuts in public spending
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 10 February 2011
The cuts being imposed by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government in Britain represent the most sustained attack on the living standards and social rights of the working class in over 80 years.
From the archive of the WSWS
By David North, 7 February 2011
The centennial of Reagan’s birth has prompted a new round of mythologizing of the life and career of the 40th US president. Everything that needs to be said about the mendacious attempt to whitewash Reagan’s disastrous presidency was written in a political obituary after his death in 2004 by International Editorial Board chairman David North.
By David Walsh, 3 February 2011
The New York Times posted a lengthy piece January 26 by Bill Keller, its executive editor, on the subject of the newspaper’s relations with WikiLeaks and its co-founder, Julian Assange.
By Tom Carter, 3 February 2011
Secret WikiLeaks cables expose the ugly alliance between Washington and major US corporations to advance their interests in every corner of the world.
Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 January 2011
The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our candidate Peter Byrne in the Victorian state by-election being held in Broadmeadows on February 19.
By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2011
Thirty miles from downtown Washington DC, the US military is engaged in the torture of Army Private Bradley Manning, jailed on suspicion of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks.
By Tom Eley, 28 January 2011
One of the more striking omissions from the president’s speech was any reference, even in a tangential way, to the desperate conditions facing the majority of the nation’s 37 million African-Americans, or the closely related social crisis overtaking the cities.
22 January 2011
تعتبر الأحداث الأخيرة في تونس علامة مميزة على ظهور نقطة تحول عملية التطور العالمي، فبعد أن كانت ردود الأفعال الباطشة تنجح دائمًا وكان الصراع الطبقي مكبوحاً لعشرات السنين، جاءت المظاهرات الحاشدة وانتهاء فترة القمع التي دامت 23 عاماً على يد زين العابدين بن علي منذرة بانطلاق عصر جديد سمته الحركات الثورية.
By our reporter, 19 January 2011
On January 13, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) voted to hold a demonstration against the shutoff policies of the local utility conglomerate DTE Energy.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 January 2011
The report of the Independent Commission on the Role of the Foreign Ministry in the Third Reich has triggered strong opposition.
By Susan Allan, 14 January 2011
Slater’s comments are aimed, above all, at sending a message that the new flood task force is already preparing to defend government authorities and stifle any oppositional movement.
Hands off Rosa Luxemburg!
By Lucas Adler, 14 January 2011
In a vulgar attempt to distort Rosa Luxemburg’s writings, the German Left Party resorts to interpreting passages out of context in order to justify their own opportunism.
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By Marxist Voice, 5 January 2011
The WSWS is publishing here the third and concluding part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.