19 January 2019

Trump, announcing new missile defense program, ramps up nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2019

Trump’s latest boondoggle for the military and defense contractors is part of the largest and most sustained military buildup since the Cold War.

The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards “great power” conflict: Part One

More on US militarism »

“There’s only so much workers can take and now we’re rising up”
Mass demonstration as Los Angeles strike reaches fifth day

By our reporters, 19 January 2019

As anger among teachers builds to fight against the Democratic Party-led campaign to privatize public education, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is working with the school officials to carve up the district.

Los Angeles teachers battle privatization as union vies to be partner in LAUSD restructuring

A fighting strategy for California teachers

“All teachers have to get together from all the states”
Los Angeles teachers discuss need to expand strike as UTLA resumes talks to end walkout

Oakland teachers hold second wildcat “sickout,” call for statewide strike with Los Angeles teachers

By Jonathan Burleigh, 19 January 2019

In defiance of the official, interminable, negotiations process, Oakland teachers have begun to organize themselves independently in preparation for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

Oakland, California teachers plan a one-day walkout Friday

Wright State University faculty in Dayton, Ohio to strike Tuesday

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 January 2019

Faculty at Wright State University are scheduled to begin striking on Tuesday against the imposition of an austerity contract featuring a pay freeze, furloughs, healthcare cuts and increases in workload.

Scottish lecturers expand strike for pay claim

More on teachers' struggles »

Workers call for election of committees
Auto companies scared, parts run low across North America as strike grows in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo and Alex González, 19 January 2019

The struggle by Maquiladora workers has reached a crucial point in which workers must take the struggle away from the trade unions, and appeal to their class brothers and sisters across North America and beyond.

Amid media blackout, workers expand strike
Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day

“Those workers are setting an example, they are starting a movement”
Canadian and US autoworkers voice support for striking maquiladora workers in Mexico

Mexican, US workers exchange statements of support as Matamoros strike grows

Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border

Mass strike enters fifth day in Matamoros, Mexico
Thousands gather at mass meeting as maquiladora strike grows

US shutdown pits unpaid workers vs. political establishment and unions

By Daniel de Vries, 19 January 2019

There are growing fears in the ruling class that the prolonged shutdown could trigger strike action

Growing signs of worker resistance to US government shutdown

US federal judge upholds compulsory unpaid labor during government shutdown

US shutdown: Sickouts by screeners throw airports into crisis

Native American organizations denounce government shutdown as an abrogation of treaties

Auto jobs massacre widens
Tesla, Nissan announce mass layoffs, Fiat Chrysler jobs threatened

By Marcus Day, 19 January 2019

The auto giants are seeking to terrorize an increasingly insurgent workforce into submission, as the companies confront slumping sales, a looming economic crisis and significant financial pressures.

More on autoworkers issues »

“Amazon is really cold-hearted to its workers”
Injured Amazon worker forced to work to avoid being fired

By Nick Barrickman, 19 January 2019

A mother of two employed at an Amazon facility in east Baltimore contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to relay her experiences with the web technology giant after being injured on the job.

Ironworker killed at Amazon construction site in California

Amazon hires public relations firm to counter popular hostility to headquarters project in New York City

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Factional warfare hots up after collapse of May’s European Union Brexit deal

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.

UK: Blairites spearhead campaign to commit Labour to remaining in the European Union

UK People’s Assembly protest shows Corbyn’s role in demobilising the working class

The struggle against austerity and the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe

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Canada ramps up anti-China campaign as US threatens action against Huawei

By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2019

The Canadian government feels it can act so provocatively because its demonization of China is part of a broader offensive against Beijing led by US imperialism.

“Made in China 2025” at centre of US-China economic war

By Gabriel Black, 19 January 2019

The US regards the “Made in China 2025” initiative as a major threat to its own global economic and strategic domination.

Report to Davos meeting points to deepening contradictions of global capitalism

Australian prime minister’s Pacific visit reinforces militarist line up against China

By Mike Head, 19 January 2019

The trip underscored the bullying nature of the turn by Canberra to reassert its predatory interests in the South West Pacific, and that of Washington, against Beijing.

Signs of slump in Australia overshadow looming election

Australian fake left promote Greens, trade unions and Labor at anti-fascist protest

By our reporters, 19 January 2019

The claim that the Labor and the unions can serve as bulwark against fascism is a dangerous echo of the disastrous Popular Front policies of the Stalinist Parties in the 1930s.

Australia: State government report indicates Opal Tower should not have been reoccupied

By John Wilson, 19 January 2019

While the authors claim the building will not collapse, they detail both major damage and minor damage to the structure of the building.

New in Russian

Мэр Гданьска и оппозиционный политический деятель Павел Адамович зверски убит

Клара Вайс, 19 января 2019 г.

Политическая ответственность за это убийство лежит непосредственно на правящей партии «Право и справедливость», которая в течение длительного времени поощряет и продвигает крайне правые силы и настроения.

Эта неделя в истории
50 лет назад: Японская полиция штурмует Токийский университет

19 января 2019 г.

Более 8 тысяч полицейских спецназовцев прибыли в кампус Токийского университета 20 января 1969 года по просьбе университетских властей, чтобы сокрушить студенческую оккупацию университетских зданий.

New in Turkish

Rosa Luxemburg ile Karl Liebknecht’in öldürülmesinin 100. Yıldönümü

Peter Schwarz, 19 Ocak 2019

Luxemburg ve Liebknecht 1919’da hayatta kalmış olsaydı, yalnızca Alman tarihi değil dünya tarihi de farklı bir şekilde gelişirdi.

Ford’daki işten çıkarmalara karşı mücadele edin! Otomotiv işçilerini Avrupa genelinde birleştirmek için taban komiteleri inşa edin!

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya–Britanya–Fransa), 19 Ocak 2019

Ford Motor Company’nin, Avrupa’nın birçok yerinde fabrikaları kapatıp binlerce otomotiv işçisini işten çıkaracağını duyurması, otomotiv şirketlerinin işçi sınıfının işlerine, ücretlerine ve koşullarına karşı küresel saldırısında en son aşamadır.

Suriye’de ABD askerlerinin öldürülmesi, çekilmeye yönelik öfkeyi besliyor

Bill Van Auken, 19 Ocak 2019

ABD medyası ve her iki büyük partiden başlıca siyasi kişiler, bombalı saldırıyı, ABD’nin Suriye’deki müdahalesinin herhangi bir şekilde sona ermesine karşı çıkmak için kullanmakta hiç vakit kaybetmedi.

New in French

Macron tente de piéger les «gilets jaunes» avec un «grand débat national»

Anthony Torres, 19 janvier 2019

Des masses de «gilets jaunes» et des dizaines de millions de travailleurs sentent que toute perspective de négociation avec Macron n’est qu’un enfumage.

La crise politique américaine atteint son paroxysme

Patrick Martin, 19 janvier 2019

Les deux factions rivales de l’élite dirigeante américaine sont de droite, antidémocratiques et militaristes.

Sur fond de black-out médiatique, les travailleurs étendent la grève
La grève mexicaine à Matamoros de plus de 70 000 travailleurs entame son sixième jour

Alex González et Andrea Lobo, 19 janv...geante est terrifiée par la perspective de voir les travailleurs s’unir au niveau international dans la lutte pour l’égalité sociale.

La grève générale de 700 000 travailleurs du secteur public secoue la Tunisie

Johannes Stern, 19 janvier 2019

Huit ans après l’éviction du dictateur tunisien Ben Ali en 2011, de nouvelles luttes de masse éclatent.

50ᵉ anniversaire de la fondation du SEP (Sri Lanka)
La lutte de la RCL/SEP contre la guerre civile anti-tamoule

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 19 janvier 2019

La cinquième partie décrit la lutte politique intransigeante de la RCL/SEP pour défendre les droits démocratiques de la minorité tamoule de l’île et pour unir la classe ouvrière, cinghalaise, tamoule et musulmane, sur la base de l’internationalisme socialiste.

New in German

Politische Krise in den USA auf dem Siedepunkt

Patrick Martin, 19. Januar 2019

Beide Fraktionen der US-Regierungselite sind rechtsgerichtet, antidemokratisch und militaristisch.

Mexiko: 70.000 Arbeiter in Matamoros streiken seit einer Woche

Alex González und Andrea Lobo, 19. Januar 2019

Der Streik im mexikanischen Matamoros wird von den Mainstream-Medien totgeschwiegen, weil die herrschende Klasse eine internationale Vereinigung der Arbeiter im Kampf für soziale Gleichheit fürchtet.

„Salvini-Dekret“ treibt Zehntausende in die Illegalität

Marianne Arens, 19. Januar 2019

Mit dem neuen „Dekret für Einwanderung und Sicherheit“ weitet die italienische Regierung ihre Angriffe auf Flüchtlinge und Migranten massiv aus.

Stupa-Wahl an der Humboldt-Universität
Erfolgreiche Versammlung der IYSSE zum Mord an Liebknecht und Luxemburg

unseren Reportern, 19. Januar 2019

Am Mittwoch kamen über 70 Studierende und Arbeiter zur Veranstaltung der IYSSE über den Mord an Rosa Luxemburg und Karl Liebknecht. Es war die zweite Versammlung im Rahmen des diesjährigen Wahlkampfs zum Studierendenparlament an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin.

New in Norwegian

Theresa Mays konservative regjering overlevde mistillitsvotum

Robert Stevens og Chris Marsden, 18. januar 2019

Det som burde ha vært en refleksjonens dag for May, viste seg å bli en ydmykende dom over alle Labour-lederen Corbyns kapituleringer overfor hans eget partis høyrefløy siden han ble partileder i september 2015.

Streikende meksikanere viser arbeiderklassens svar på kapitalistisk reaksjon ved USA-Mexico grensa

Eric London, 18. januar 2019

Ved grensa mellom USA og Mexico demonstrerer de to sosiale hovedklassene under kapitalismen – kapitalistklassen og arbeiderklassen – de to alternativene for menneskehetens fremtid.

«Alle lærere må komme sammen fra alle statene»
Los-Angeles-lærere diskuterer nødvendighet for utvidet streik mens UTLA gjenopptar forhandlinger for å avslutte arbeidsnedleggelsen

våre reportere, 18. januar 2019

På streikevaktene og ved demonstrasjonene fortalte lærerne World Socialist Web Site om strategien for å bekjempe angrepet på offentlig utdanning.

Massestreiken går inn i sjette dagen i Matamoros i Mexico
Tusener samles for massemøte der maquiladora-streiken vokser

våre reportere, 18. januar 2019

Til tross for arbeidsgivernes trusler om masseoppsigelser og fabrikknedleggelser fører mer enn 70.000 streikende arbeidere sin kamp mot sosial ulikhet frem.

New in Spanish

La crisis política estadounidense se pone al rojo vivo

Patrick Martin, 19 enero 2019

Ambas facciones en disputa de la élite gobernante estadounidense son derechistas, antidemocráticas y militaristas.

Los maestros de Los Ángeles luchan contra la privatización mientras el sindicato opta por ser socio en la reestructuración del distrito escolar

Jerry White, 19 enero 2019

La huelga de cinco días de los docentes angelinos ha enfrentado directamente a los educadores con el Partido Demócrata, el cual ha utilizado a la ciudad y al estado como un laboratorio para la privatización de las escuelas.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
11. La degeneración del régimen partidario

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 19 enero 2019

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

“Estos trabajadores están dando un ejemplo, están empezando un movimiento”
Los trabajadores automotores de Canadá y EUA expresan su apoyo a los trabajadores en huelga en las maquiladoras de México

Shannon Jones, 19 enero 2019

Muchos de los trabajadores en huelga en México trabajan en empresas de autopartes estadounidenses y globales que dependen de la fuerza laboral de los obreros para alimentar sus masivas ganancias.

Juez federal de Estados Unidos apoya el trabajo obligatorio no remunerado durante el cierre del gobierno

Daniel de Vries, 19 enero 2019

La corte ha denegado una asistencia inmediatamente a los trabajadores gubernamentales obligados a trabajar durante el cierre.

Político alemán del SPD justifica el asesinato de Rosa Luxemburgo

Peter Schwarz, 19 enero 2019

Aunque el SPD sigue negando oficialmente su complicidad en el asesinato de Luxemburgo y Liebknecht, Wolfgang Thierse, el expresidente del Parlamento federal, ha declarado: "Lo haríamos de nuevo".

"Todos los maestros tienen que reunirse en todos los estados"
Los maestros de Los Ángeles debaten la necesidad de expandir la huelga a medida que UTLA reanudaría las conversaciones para terminarla

nuestros reporteros, 19 enero 2019

En los piquetes y mítines, los maestros hablaron con el WSWS sobre la estrategia para combatir la ofensiva contra la educación pública

New in Hindi

सामाजिक विनाश और उन्नति रोधक राजनीतिक चालों से निबटने के लिए भारतीय श्रमिकों को क्रांतिकारी समाजवादी कार्यक्रम की ज़रूरत

दीपल जयसेकरा एवं कीथ जोन्स द्वारा, ८ जनवरी २०१९

वर्ल्ड सोशलिस्ट वेब साइट भाजपा सरकार से टक्कर लेने के लिए श्रमिकों द्वारा किसी भी जोखिम जैसे वित्तीय बलिदान और यहां तक कि गोलीबारी का सामना करने को भी तैयार रहने के दृढ़ निश्चय का स्वागत करती है।

New in Bengali

শ্রীলঙ্কার সোশ্যালিস্ট ইকুয়ালিটি পার্টির অর্ধশতবর্ষ
শ্রমিক শ্রেণীকে আন্তর্জাতিক সমাজতন্ত্র ও বৈপ্লবিক নেতৃত্বের অস্ত্র দিয়ে সজ্জিত করে তোলো!

১৬ জুন ২০১৮

চতুর্থ আন্তর্জাতিকের আন্তর্জাতিক কমিটির শ্রীলঙ্কার শাখার নাম সোশ্যালিস্ট ইকুয়ালিটি পার্টি (এস্‌-ই-পি)। আজ শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর রাজনৈতিক স্বাধীনতার এবং বিশ্ব সমাজতান্ত্রিক বিপ্লবের লড়াইয়ে এস্‌-ই-পি ৫০ বছর পূর্ণ করল। কলম্বোতে ১৯৬৮ খৃষ্টাব্দের ১৬-১৭ই জুন একটি সভায় দলটি রেভলিশনারি কমিউনিস্ট লিগ (আর-সি-এল্‌) হিসাবে প্রতিষ্ঠিত হয়েছিল। আই-সি-এফ্-আই-এর অন্যান্য বিভাগের সঙ্গে আর-সি-এল্‌-ও ১৯৯৬ সালে এস্‌-ই-পি-তে রূপান্তরিত হয়।

New in Arabic

أصول ونتائج التحقيق الأمني الذي قامت به الأممية الرابعة

١٣ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٨

تجدون فيما يلي نص وتسجيل لمحاضرة ألقاها إريك لندن في مدينة ديترويت في ولاية ميتشيغان وفيها استعراض للتحقيق الضخم الذي أجرته اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة تحت عنوان الأمن والأممية الرابعة.

New in Urdu

سرمایہ دارانہ حکمرانی کا عالمی بحران اور سوشلسٹ انقلاب کی حکمت عملی

جوزف کشوور

قومی خصوصیات خواہ کچھ بھی ہو ں، طبقاتی حکمرانی کا سیاسی بحران ہر ملک میں یکساں عالمگیر پروسس کی وجہ ہے

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Science and social crisis in 2019

19 January 2019

A series of major scientific breakthroughs demonstrate the potential for the progressive development of humanity, even as capitalism drags mankind into war and barbarism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

The year 2019 begins amidst the explosive interaction of geopolitical, economic and social crises. All over the world the ruling class is turning to ultra-right and neo-fascist politicians and organizations to defend the capitalist system. The threat of dictatorship and war can be defeated only through the political mobilization of the working class on the basis of an international socialist strategy.

The global class struggle in 2019

By Joseph Kishore, 16 January 2019

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Christoph Vandreier: 100 years since the assassination of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Christoph Vandreier, 16 January 2019

German SPD politician justifies murder of Rosa Luxemburg

Arts Review

Bird Box and Hold the Dark: Looking at things in the face or not

By Joanne Laurier, 19 January 2019

Netflix began streaming Bird Box on December 21 and, a week later, reported that the film had the largest seven-day viewership, 45 million accounts, of any of its original productions.

An exhibition of the great 17th century Dutch painter
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion at the Toledo Museum of Art

By David Walsh, 17 January 2019

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden—Short stories by American author Denis Johnson

We The Workers: A limited documentary about labour rights groups in China


The US political crisis reaches fever pitch

By Patrick Martin, 18 January 2019

The American media revives the methods of McCarthyism

The FBI’s police state operation against Trump

Trump at the Rubicon

More on the Trump presidency »

US-born anchor for Iranian TV jailed without charges

By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2019

The working class must come to the defence of the Canada Post workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 January 2019

Indian government foreshadows harsher internet surveillance and censorship

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 January 2019

The political significance of India’s two-day general strike

By Keith Jones, 12 January 2019

Workers Struggles

Hyundai and Samsung workers protest in India; Cambodian garment workers strike
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 January 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

General strike of 700,000 public sector workers shakes Tunisia

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019

Zimbabwe’s government cracks down on protest over fuel price increase

By a reporter, 18 January 2019

The Fight Against Postmodernism

Widespread student support for beleaguered professor Peter Boghossian

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Portland State University, 17 January 2019

Portland State University threatens to fire Peter Boghossian for authoring “Grievance Studies” hoax

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

The fight against historical falsification

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 17 January 2019

Lessons of 1933 and the fight against fascism today
Successful start for IYSSE election campaign at Berlin’s Humboldt University


New study finds up to 15,000 Jews killed each day at peak of Holocaust

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Fight the Ford layoffs! Build rank-and-file committees to unite autoworkers across Europe!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Socialist Equality Party and Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 15 January 2019

No layoffs! No concessions!
Autoworkers call for demonstration February 9 to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

More on autoworkers issues »

25 years ago: Northridge earthquake strikes Los Angeles

An earthquake struck the city of Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m. on January 17, 1994, centered in the Northridge area of the San Fernando Valley.

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50 years ago: Japanese police storm Tokyo University

Over 8,000 riot police moved onto the campus of Tokyo University on January 20, 1969, at the request of school authorities to crush a student occupation.

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75 years ago: Soviets launch offensive against siege of Leningrad

On January 14, 1944, the Red Army launched the Leningrad-Novgorod offensive aimed at breaking a protracted Nazi blockade of supplies to Leningrad.

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100 years ago: World War I victors open “peace conference” in Paris

On January 18, 1919, the imperialist victors in World War I, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and the United States, convened the infamous Paris Peace Conference to divide up the spoils of the four-year-long bloodbath.

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Editorial Cartoon

Military prepares for post-Brexit civil war in Britain and Northern Ireland

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.

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.


In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 2 January 2019

Halil Celik, founder and leader of the Sosyalist Eşitlik group, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died on December 31, 2018 following a serious illness.


Scientific breakthrough promises to increase agricultural productivity by 40 percent

By Philip Guelpa and Thomas H. Douglass, 9 January 2019

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

International Committee of the Fourth International

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

Part one | Part two | Part three | Part four

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.


Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.