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Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018

The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

US-North Korean talks still a tentative prospect

By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2018

Even if the summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un proceeds, it could rapidly break down, creating an even more explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Fiat-Chrysler minivan plant impacted

Windsor auto parts workers defy Unifor and strike

By Carl Bronski and Shannon Jones, 10 March 2018

Workers at ZF-TRW are taking a stand against decades of concessions imposed with the support of the unions that have eroded living standards and working conditions.

US “allies” scramble for tariff exemptions

By Nick Beams, 10 March 2018

The European Union is “counting” on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

Aircraft carrier visit cements Vietnam’s alignment with Washington

By James Cogan, 10 March 2018

Vietnam’s strategic importance to US imperialism stems primarily from how it can be used against China.

Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers

By Peter Schwarz, 10 March 2018

The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.

Still no facts in UK/Russia double agent poisoning case

By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2018

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after allegedly being exposed to what has been described only as a “nerve agent.”

Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches

By Andrea Peters, 10 March 2018

Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.

Four dead following hostage situation at Northern California veterans home

By Alec Andersen, 10 March 2018

The hostages were employees of the nonprofit organization Pathway House, which provides services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”

Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 March 2018

Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.

Hospital workers protest layoffs in Michigan

By Carlos Delgado and Esther Galen, 10 March 2018

Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures

YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel

By Trévon Austin, 10 March 2018

The move sets a dangerous precedent that will be turned against left-wing news outlets.

Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico

By Alex González, 10 March 2018

Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

Britain: 15,000 jobs in retail and leisure under threat, as jobs go throughout economy

By Richard Tyler, 10 March 2018

The high street retail and leisure sectors have been impacted by uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit and online shopping.

Australian government obtains “national security” exemption from Trump’s trade war measures

By Mike Head, 10 March 2018

The government argued that retaining steel production in Australia was vital for its $200 billion military spending program.

Oppose Sinhala racist violence against Muslim community in Sri Lanka

By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 March 2018

The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.

Berlin film festival: SPD cabinet minister promotes #MeToo campaign

By Katerina Selin, 10 March 2018

The media circus at this year’s Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.

Trump, risking trade war, signs off on steel and aluminium tariffs

By Nick Beams, 9 March 2018

Trump’s tariff announcement expresses the turn by the United States to the types of protectionist measures that characterised the 1930s Great Depression.

As teacher struggles spread, unions redouble effort to suppress class struggle

By Jerry White, 9 March 2018

In the aftermath of the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said that the unions are necessary to contain opposition.

Jersey City teachers poised to strike

By Mark Ferretti, 9 March 2018

The rising cost of health benefits is making life in Jersey City less affordable for teachers, who are closer to a strike than they have been in 20 years.

Trump accepts North Korean offer of talks, on US terms

By James Cogan, 9 March 2018

The Pyongyang regime’s decades-long perspective has been to reach an accommodation with US imperialism and the South Korean ruling class.

Corbyn opposes Momentum leader Jon Lansman’s bid for Labour’s general secretary post

By Julie Hyland, 9 March 2018

Far from marking a breach in the bureaucratic apparatus, the contest between two supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn underscores the anti-democratic, right-wing character of Labour.

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program

By Andre Damon, 8 March 2018

The company’s involvement in the “targeted killing” program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

Trade conflict heats up

By Nick Beams, 8 March 2018

The European Union hopes to avert the Trump tariff measures but at a press conference Trump singled out the EU for attack.

Justice department files suit against California “sanctuary” laws

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

As nine-day teachers’ strike concludes

Striking West Virginia Frontier telecom workers speak out

By our reporters, 8 March 2018

Thursday marks the fifth day of a strike by over 1,400 Frontier telecommunication workers in Virginia and West Virginia.

For a unified socialist movement of lecturers and students!

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 8 March 2018

A fight to build solidarity between lecturers and students involves a political struggle against the University and College Union, National Union of Students and other false leaderships.

“The issues we are facing are not just related to university teachers, but affect the entire working class”

An interview with a striking York University contract faculty member

By our reporter, 8 March 2018

Around 3,000 contract faculty and support staff are on their fourth day of strike action at Toronto’s York University over poverty wages and job security.

Australia: “Silent invasion” book advocates war against China

By Mike Head, 8 March 2018

A new book seeks to whip up anti-Chinese chauvinism, brand any dissent as treasonous, and insist on unconditional commitment to US war plans.

US emergency departments report significant increase in opioid overdoses among all age groups, including infants

By Shelley Connor, 8 March 2018

Recent studies demonstrate that emergency department visits for opioid overdose increased by 30 percent across the United States in 2017.

Anti-Russia campaign follows alleged poisoning of former UK/Russian double agent and daughter

By Robert Stevens, 8 March 2018

Sergei Skripal is a former colonel in Russia’s GRU, the military intelligence service. He spent four years in jail in Russia after being found guilty in 2006 of passing secrets to the British MI6.

Germany: Grand coalition expands foreign operations in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2018

No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.

After Burkina Faso bombing, France pledges to step up war in Sahel

By Francis Dubois, 8 March 2018

The capital of Ouagadougou was shaken on March 2 by an attack by two commando squads on the French embassy and Burkinabe army headquarters.

Social media giants work with Indian government to censor Internet

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 8 March 2018

The Modi government’s measures are part of escalating efforts by governments around the world to silence political dissent.

Indian Stalinists routed in Tripura bastion

By Arun Kumar, 8 March 2018

Whenever the Stalinist Left Front has formed government in one of India’s states over the past quarter century, it has pursued right-wing, “pro-investor” policies.

Australia: Anger erupts over privatised bus services in Newcastle

By Max Newman, 8 March 2018

Amid an ongoing state government attack on public transport workers’ jobs and conditions, a packed public meeting voices outrage over poor service and major delays.

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

By Jerry White and Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2018

The suppression of the strike is the result of the deliberate effort of the trade unions to prevent the struggle of teachers from developing into a movement of the entire working class against the capitalist system.

The CIA Democrats: Part two

Agents and war commanders

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Ursula K. Le Guin: Prominent science fiction and fantasy writer (1929-2018)

By Sandy English, 8 March 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the most significant and popular English-language writers of speculative fiction, associated with feminism and utopianism, died January 28 at the age of 88.

Why the far-right won in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2018

Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official “left” in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.

Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University

By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2018

CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia

By our reporters, 7 March 2018

Teachers in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia’s two most populous states, have expressed powerful support for the struggle being waged by their counterparts in West Virginia.

North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2018

Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington’s threats against the Pyongyang regime.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

New Zealand opposition leadership change reflects tensions over social unrest and drive to war

By Tom Peters, 7 March 2018

National Party leader Bill English’s resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government’s refusal to fully endorse Trump’s warmongering against North Korea.

The CIA Democrats: Part one

Introduction

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2018

This series examines the extraordinary integration of the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies, with dozens of former operatives running as Democratic candidates in 2018.

The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign

By Richard Hoffman, 7 March 2018

Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of “gray-zone sex” experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.

China’s National People’s Congress to install Xi as political strongman

By Peter Symonds, 6 March 2018

The CCP rules through a police-state regime that is handing extraordinary powers to Xi, driven by fears it will confront mounting social unrest and the danger of war.

Parasitism and “tax reform”: Trump’s corporate tax cuts fuel stock buybacks, not investment

By Gabriel Black, 6 March 2018

Catalyst Capital predicts that 2018 will be the biggest stock buyback year on record, with corporations spending $1.2 trillion to push up their share values.

Putin’s state of the nation speech highlights crisis of Russian oligarchy

By Clara Weiss, 6 March 2018

Menaced by US imperialism and gripped by economic crisis, the Russian state headed by Putin offers no solution to the historic impasse facing the country.

Sri Lanka university workers maintain indefinite strike as union backtracks

By Saman Gunadasa, 6 March 2018

The trade unions were compelled to call the industrial action as workers’ unrest grew.

Deep social crisis ignored in South Australian election campaign

By Mike Head, 6 March 2018

After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with “SA Best.”

Unifor scuttles Windsor auto parts strikes

By Carl Bronski, 6 March 2018

Union officials called off two strikes at critical parts supplier plants before the walkouts could have any impact on production at the giant Fiat Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant.

Support grows for striking West Virginia teachers as decisive week starts

By Jerry White, 5 March 2018

The strike by more than 33,000 teachers and support staff has entered its eighth day and a new and decisive stage.

The historic significance of Trump’s trade war measures

By Nick Beams, 5 March 2018

Trump’s trade measures are a major step in the dismantling of the system of economic relations established by Washington itself after World War II.

West Virginia telecommunications workers continue strike, support teachers

By our reporters, 5 March 2018

The 1,400 telecom workers began their walkout as more than 33,000 teachers and public employees continued their strike across all 55 counties in the state.

Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

The way forward for West Virginia teachers

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 March 2018

The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

“Teachers from Oklahoma stand with West Virginia”

Oklahoma teachers demand strike action, funding for education

By Todd Thompson, 5 March 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.

German Social Democratic Party votes to form grand coalition

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2018

The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.

European Union demands Google, Facebook step up Internet censorship

By Kumaran Ira, 5 March 2018

The EU’s call for the automatic removal of online content is part of an international attempt to censor social opposition to austerity and war.

Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election

By Mike Head, 5 March 2018

Far from an “historic” victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Australian rail union pushes through sellout agreement at Pacific National

By Patrick Davies, 5 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has imposed another deal that slashes conditions and provides for the ever-greater use of casual labour by the freight operator.

Ruling class conflicts in the US target inner circle of Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2018

The corporate media and the intelligence services are spearheading an attack that has crippled the White House and seems aimed at forcing Trump out.

Nova Scotia Teachers Union abandons strike mandate, capitulates to Liberal attack on education

By Roger Jordan, 3 March 2018

In exchange for the NSTU’s suppression of teacher opposition to its right-wing education “reform,” Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has agreed to changes that will bolster the union apparatus.

EU threatens retaliation to Trump’s trade war measures

By Peter Symonds, 3 March 2018

Trump’s announcement of global tariffs on steel and aluminium has triggered international criticism, including from US allies that will be among the hardest hit.

US media airs pretexts for preemptive attack on North Korea

By James Cogan, 3 March 2018

Newspaper articles indicate that a war crime of historic dimensions is being prepared.

“I think the working class should be in control”

West Virginia student demonstration supports call to expand teachers strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

More than 1,500 students and teachers attended a demonstration and march outside the state capitol building organized by high school students.

“A lot of people are calling for all the workers to go out on strike”

State workers, auto workers, teachers throughout the world back West Virginia strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.

French neo-fascist Marine Le Pen indicted for tweeting pictures of IS killings

By Francis Dubois, 3 March 2018

The indictment of two National Front deputies for posting pictures on Twitter is an act of political censorship threatening basic democratic rights.

Theresa May’s Brexit speech gets short shrift from European Union

By Chris Marsden, 3 March 2018

Despite her conciliatory tone, May failed to meet EU demands to flesh out what her government means by “ambitious managed diversion.”

Germany: The membership vote and the war policy of the SPD

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2018

The massive pressure the SPD leadership has exerted on its members is part of a political conspiracy to implement a militaristic program.

Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 3 March 2018

Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow’s parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

Ferguson, Missouri nursing home workers in fourth month of strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 3 March 2018

The 90 full and part time workers have been replaced by strikebreakers while the SEIU pursues an impotent appeal to the National Labor Relations Board.

US government cuts aid to Puerto Rico by half

By Antonio Castro, 3 March 2018

Amidst a mounting mental health crisis and constant power outages, the US government announced a drastic cut in aid to the island still reeling from hurricane damage.

Special needs New York student imprisoned over Facebook posting

By Jason Melanovski, 3 March 2018

Several dozen students across the US have been swept up in a hysterical law and order crackdown since the Parkland school shooting.

Four Detroit area police officers await trial for murder, use of excessive force

By Tyler Van Dyke, 3 March 2018

The indictments follow a year that witnessed mounting public outrage in the wake of a series of incidents involving police violence against unarmed and unresisting citizens.

EU threats add to pressure on Maldives government

By Rohantha De Silva, 3 March 2018

The EU, US and India are intensifying efforts to undermine Chinese influence on the strategically located Indian Ocean island nation.

Emergency declared after earthquake devastates Papua New Guinea

By Mike Head, 3 March 2018

More than 50 people are feared dead and anger is mounting over the lack of government assistance.

Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party

By E.P. Milligan, 3 March 2018

The annual conference was aimed primarily at turning young people interested in socialism into foot-soldiers for the Democrats organizers for the anti-working class trade unions.

Obituary: Jim Anderton, a pivotal defender of New Zealand capitalism

By John Braddock, 3 March 2018

As leader of NewLabour and the Alliance, Anderton played a critical role defending the capitalist order by blocking any rebellion against the Labour government.

Trump launches trade war

By Nick Beams, 2 March 2018

In imposing a global tariff hike, rather than selective measures, Trump took the toughest option presented to him by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

University of Illinois strike exposes plight of graduate students, adjuncts

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 March 2018

As the strike of UIUC graduate student workers enters a fifth day, the walkout brings to the fore many of the problems facing universities, colleges and their students.

New Zealand governments lied about “non-combat” role in Iraq

By Sam Price, 2 March 2018

Successive governments falsely claimed that New Zealand soldiers in Iraq are engaged in a training capacity.

Australian rail union prepares sellout in NSW train dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.

The revolt of the West Virginia teachers

By Joseph Kishore, 2 March 2018

The rejection by West Virginia teachers of the unions’ efforts to shut down their struggle is one among many signs of growing working-class militancy in the United States.

The Italian election alliance Potere al Popolo: A repackaging of pseudo-left politics

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2018

The driving force behind this new Italian electoral alliance is Rifondazione Comunista, which for many years played a crucial role in stabilising the bourgeois order and suppressing the class struggle.

Xi Jinping’s power grab: Bonapartism with Chinese characteristics

By Peter Symonds, 1 March 2018

The same social and economic processes that have led to Xi’s elevation in China—above all, the tensions produced by the enormous gulf between rich and poor—are also driving the ruling classes in so-called liberal democracies to autocratic forms of rule.

ICE carries out mass immigration roundups in Northern California

By Alec Andersen, 1 March 2018

Since Sunday, dozens of ICE agents have conducted broad sweeps of immigrant communities, knocking on doors and arresting those who were unable to produce proper immigration documents.

Washington infighting intensifies with resignation of White House communications director

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2018

Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to the Trump family, was the fifth person to hold the top communications position for Trump in little over a year.

Skoda workers in the Czech Republic prepare to strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 March 2018

The strike preparations at Skoda are part of a growing radicalisation of workers in Eastern Europe, who are no longer willing to accept conditions of extreme exploitation.

Fed’s concern over prospect of a wages movement jolts markets

By Nick Beams, 1 March 2018

One of the key aspects of Fed chief Powell’s question-time comments was his views on the “continuing strength in the labour market.”

German defence minister confirms grand coalition’s rearmament plans

By Johannes Stern, 1 March 2018

Ursula von der Leyen made clear in a recent interview what the central tasks of Germany’s incoming government will be: a major rearmament programme and the waging of war.

Peru’s president proposes minimum wage hike in bid to divert impeachment drive

By Cesar Uco, 1 March 2018

The desperate populist appeal comes as the chances of Kuczynski finishing his term are dwindling, while his approval rating has fallen to 19 percent.

New Zealand government intensifies campaign against Chinese “interference”

By John Braddock, 1 March 2018

The government’s investigation into claims of Chinese “intimidation” of an academic points to a state intelligence operation.

Trump proposes cuts to heating aid while US house fire deaths spike

By Steve Filips, 1 March 2018

This season’s severe winter and frigid temperatures is exacting a brutal toll in fire fatalities.

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn slithers toward sellout

By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2018

Corbyn’s speech expresses the role that would be played by any future Labour government, under conditions where a deepening Tory crisis could hasten a general election.

The New York Times procures salacious details of “gray-zone sex”

By Eric London, 1 March 2018

The Times has issued a call for college students to describe and submit images related to sexual encounters.

Media, Democrats silent as US Supreme Court rules immigrants can be indefinitely detained

By Eric London, 28 February 2018

The decision sets up the pseudo-legal framework for the expansion of immigrant internment camps.

Union lawyer tells US Supreme Court: “Union security is the tradeoff for no strikes”

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2018

In Supreme Court arguments, a lawyer for the public-sector union AFSCME argued that without the trade unions there would be “an untold specter of labor unrest throughout the country.”

US airstrike kills dozens amid mounting Western war propaganda over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2018

The orchestrated outcry over civilian deaths in Ghouta and chorus of chemical weapons allegations are aimed at preparing a major new imperialist escalation in the Middle East.