19 February 2019

Trump declares global war on socialism

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2019

The presentation of Trump’s presidency as a global—and domestic—crusade against socialism resurrected the kind of language that characterized not only McCarthyism, but the rise of fascism in the first half of the 20th century.

A year since statewide strike
West Virginia teachers walk out to oppose charter schools

By Jerry White, 19 February 2019

Facing the possibility of imminent wildcat strikes over a reactionary educational bill introducing charter schools, the unions called the strike hoping to shut it down as soon as they can.

Trump threatens Alec Baldwin, calls for “retribution” against NBC

By Barry Grey, 19 February 2019

There is no precedent in US presidential history for such a direct incitement of violence against a public personality.

Following national emergency declaration
White House pushes for rapid border wall construction

Trump’s state of emergency
A step towards presidential dictatorship

Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland!

More on the Trump presidency »

Eleven-year-old Florida student arrested after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 February 2019

The incident occurred after the sixth grader told his substitute teacher that the American flag is “racist” and that the national anthem is offensive to black people.

NFL settles Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid’s collusion grievance

By Alan Gilman, 19 February 2019

Kaepernick drew national attention during the 2016 season when he knelt during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice, in particular police killings of African-Americans.

GM worker in Mexico speaks in support of fight against plant closures in the US and Canada

By our reporters, 19 February 2019

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter interviewed a GM autoworker in Silao, Mexico, about conditions at the plant, the struggle by workers in Matamoros, rank-and-file committees and a joint struggle of autoworkers across North America and beyond.

Union thugs assault striking Matamoros workers

Mexican union apparatus, government scramble to suppress growing strike across Mexico

More on the Matamoros Strike »

Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 February 2019

Any Indian military strike could easily lead to a tit-for-tat escalation and rapidly cascade into an all-out war between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed states.

Indian government seizes on Kashmir attack to ratchet up tensions with Pakistan

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers protest victimisations

By our reporters, 19 February 2019

Demonstrators denounced the unions’ betrayal of recent wage strikes and demanded management immediately end the frame-up of militant Annfield Estate workers.

Sri Lanka: SEP and Abbotsleigh workers’ committee organise picket to oppose witch hunt in plantations

Seven Blairite MPs resign from UK Labour Party

By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 19 February 2019

It is Corbyn’s appeasement of the right that has allowed the seven MPs to walk out instead of being booted out by Labour’s members.

UK school pupils and students protest climate change

Veteran Trotskyist Barbara Slaughter addresses Leeds climate change demo

Climate change and the fight for socialism

New attacks on pensions imposed by UK Tory government

German government to tighten up deportations

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2019

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has presented a 60-page bill on the deportation of refugees that bears the imprimatur of the far-right Alternative for Germany from start to finish.

Russia: University building collapses in St. Petersburg

By Clara Weiss, 19 February 2019

The building collapse in St. Petersburg is symptomatic of an epidemic of building collapses and fires, a direct result of the destruction of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the restoration of capitalism.

"Precision Scheduled Railroading” brings layoffs and cuts to US railroads

By Jeff Lusanne, 19 February 2019

The fraudulent concept of Precision Scheduled Railroading, which has the real goal of pumping railroad stock prices, has spread to most major US railroads, bringing layoffs and cuts.

Father and four young daughters perish in Watertown, New York, house fire

By Steve Filips, 19 February 2019

The rental had no functional smoke alarms and was not registered by the landlord, averting an inspection to verify safety before it could be rented out.

Chinese community in Australia voices concern over xenophobic “foreign interference” campaign

By James Cogan, 19 February 2019

People fear that the banishment of Huang Xiangmo is the prelude to a campaign of persecution directed against all those of Chinese background.

Trump adviser John Bolton to conduct pre-election visit to Australia

New in Turkish

Varşova’daki savaş zirvesi

Bill Van Auken, 19 Şubat 2019

İsrail ve Varşova toplantısında temsil edilen Basra Körfezi’nin gerici monarşik diktatörlükleri, Trump yönetiminin oluşturmakta olduğu İran karşıtı ekseninin iki ayağını meydana getirmektedir.

Münih Güvenlik Konferansı’na emperyalist çatışmalar yön verdi

Peter Schwarz, 19 Şubat 2019

Dün sona eren Münih Güvenlik Konferansı, hızla parçalara ayrılan ve felakete doğru ilerleyen bir kapitalist dünya düzenini açığa vurdu.

New in Spanish

Cien años desde la huelga general de Seattle

Kayla Costa, 19 febrero 2019

Hace cien años, más de 60,000 trabajadores llevaron la ciudad de Seattle a una paralización en una huelga que tiene lecciones estratégicas importantes para luchas de hoy.

Matones de sindicato atacan a trabajadores de Matamoros en huelga

Andrea Lobo, 19 febrero 2019

Las amenazas de la gerencia, la policía y los sindicatos son cada vez más frecuentes por toda la ciudad.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
34. El WRP defiende el estalinismo

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 19 febrero

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.

New in French

Deux cent mille manifestants à Barcelone contre le procès-spectacle des séparatistes catalans

Alejandro López, 19 février 2019

Il existe une opposition profonde, surtout au sein de la classe ouvrière, aux tentatives soutenues par l’UE d’établir un État policier en Espagne par le biais d’une propagande anti-catalane.

Les conflits impérialistes dominent la Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité

Peter Schwarz, 19 février 2019

La Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité, qui s’est achevée hier, a révélé un ordre mondial capitaliste qui s’effondre rapidement et se dirige vers une catastrophe.

Cent ans depuis la mort de Franz Mehring

Peter Schwarz, 19 février 2019

Mehring était l'un des principaux théoriciens marxistes de son temps. Contrairement à d'autres sociaux-démocrates de premier plan, qui se sont déplacés vers la droite, il a rejoint la Ligue spartakiste pendant la Première Guerre mondiale.

New in Norwegian

Tohundretusen protesterer i Barcelona mot skueprosessen mot katalanske separatister

Alejandro López, 19. februar 2019

Det er bredt anlagt opposisjon, fremfor alt sentrert i arbeiderklassen, mot EU-støttede forsøk på å etablere en politistat i Spania basert på antikatalansk propaganda.

Imperialistkonflikter dominerte Sikkerhetskonferansen i München

Peter Schwarz, 19. februar 2019

Sikkerhetskonferansen i München, som ble avsluttet på søndag, la for dagen en kapitalistisk verdensorden som raskt faller fra hverandre og har kurs for katastrofe.

Karl Marx’ grav skjendet av fascister

Chris Marsden, 19. februar 2019

Granittsokkelen som bærer en stor bronsebyste av Marx ble på fredagkvelden tilgriset med antikommunistiske slagord, og det markerte det andre fascistangrepet på gravsteinen de siste fjorten dagene.

Prazdnik (Festdag): Film om sosial ulikhet i Russland når massepublikum

Clara Weiss, 19. februar 2019

Filmen er en bitende anklage av sosial ulikhet og har vært gjenstand for den russiske regjeringens sensurkampanje.

New in German

Barcelona: Hunderttausende demonstrieren gegen anti-katalanischen Schauprozess

Alejandro López, 19. Februar 2019

Vor allem in der Arbeiterklasse herrscht breiter Widerstand gegen die von der EU unterstützten Versuche, mit anti-katalanischer Propaganda einen Polizeistaat in Spanien zu errichten.

Faschisten schänden Grab von Karl Marx

Chris Marsden, 19. Februar 2019

Der Granitsockel, der eine große Bronzebüste von Marx trägt, wurde am Freitagabend mit antikommunistischen Parolen beschmiert. Es war der zweite solche faschistische Angriff innerhalb von zwei Wochen.

Erneut Sammelabschiebung nach Afghanistan

Marianne Arens, 19. Februar 2019

Am Montagabend ist vom Frankfurter Flughafen erneut ein Sammelcharter nach Kabul gestartet. Es war bereits die 21. Sammelabschiebung nach Afghanistan.

Berlinale 2019: Midnight Traveler – „Das Leben geht manchmal durch eine Hölle“

Verena Nees, 19. Februar 2019

Im Mittelpunkt des Films stehen der Filmemacher und seine Familie, die ihre eigene Flucht aus Afghanistan mit drei Mobiltelefonen dokumentiert haben.

New in Urdu

وینز ویلا کا تیل اور امریکہ کی پشت پناہی میں کودیتا کی جیو پو لیٹکس

گیبریل بلیک

وینزویلا کے بڑے پیمانے کے ذخائر پر امریکہ اور اس کے اتحادی کڑی نظر رکھے ہوئے ہیں اور اسے اہم شطرنج کے مہروں کے طور پر چین کیخلاف جنگ کیلئے استعمال کررہے ہیں۔

New in Dutch

Lerarentekort en hoge werkdruk ondermijnen het Nederlandse onderwijs

Door Harm Zonderland, 15 februari 2019

Een enquête gehouden onder onderwijspersoneel legt de desastreuze arbeidsomstandigheden bloot op de Nederlandse basisscholen, voortgezet onderwijs, HBO en MBO en universiteiten.

New in Portuguese

O julgamento farsesco dos nacionalistas catalães e o perigo da extrema direita na Espanha

Alex Lantier, 18 Fevereiro 2019

Seguindo a tendência política em toda a Europa, a classe dominante na Espanha está preparando-se para construir um estado policial e defender o legado do fascismo do século XX.

Partido dos Trabalhadores elogia políticos imperialistas e militares brasileiros envolvidos na operação de mudança de regime na Venezuela

Miguel Andrade, 18 Fevereiro 2019

Enquanto finge se opor à tentativa de mudança de regime na Venezuela, o PT enviou representantes para encontrar líderes da UE que tem estado na linha de frente do cerco ao país latino-americano.

New in Russian

Боритесь с увольнениями на автозаводах Ford! Создавайте комитеты действий для объединения рабочих автомобильной промышленности по всей Европе!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei и Socialist Equality Party и Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 7 февраля 2019 г.

Рабочий класс не может признать за корпорациями «права» закрывать заводы, уничтожать целые сообщества и разрушать жизни десятков тысяч рабочих.

New in Bengali

চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনাল-এর ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী পালন উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত কলকাতার সভার প্রচার করছেন ভারতীয় ট্রটস্কিপন্থীরা

অরুণ কুমার এবং ঋত্বিক মিত্র, ২৬ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯

চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত আগামী ১০ই মার্চের জনসভাকে সফল করার জন্য চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের আন্তর্জাতিক কমিটি (আই-সি-এফ-আই)-এর ভারতীয় সমর্থকরা পশ্চিমবঙ্গের রাজধানী কলকাতায় বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের মধ্যে প্রচার চালাচ্ছেন।

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Perspective

The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

19 February 2019

The attack on Karl Marx’s grave is a significant warning of the growing danger to the working class across Europe and internationally from far-right forces that have been deliberately cultivated by the bourgeoisie and given succour by the mass media.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Fight Against Fascism

Letters oppose barring of SEP panel on the fight against fascism from Historical Materialism conference

19 February 2019

These letters were sent to organizers of the Socialism in Our Time conference by readers of the World Socialist Web Site.

ISO and DSA bar Socialist Equality Party panel on the fight against fascism from upcoming Historical Materialism conference

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

History of the ICFI

From the arsenal of Trotskyism
The Political Report by David North to the International Committee of the Fourth International—February 11, 1984

12 February 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, David North, then the national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), presented at a meeting of the International Committee of the Fourth International a critique of the British Workers Revolutionary Party’s abandonment of key theoretical conceptions and programmatic principles of Trotskyism.

Free Julian Assange!

Support for Assange and SEP Australia demonstrations evokes strong international response

By James Cogan, 19 February 2019

In less than 48 hours, Roger Waters’ statement has been retweeted from his Twitter account 2,700 times and “liked” over 5,800 times.

John Pilger calls for participation in demonstrations to demand the freedom of Julian Assange

18 February 2019

John Pilger, journalist, filmmaker and outspoken opponent of militarism and injustice, will be one of the main speakers at the demonstration in Sydney.

Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses Free Assange demonstrations in Australia

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees supports rallies for the freedom of Julian Assange

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

SEP national secretary James Cogan participates in Unity4J discussion on the defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Cogan explained why the SEP has called demonstrations demanding the freedom of Julian Assange, as well as the broader campaign by the WSWS against internet censorship.

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, March 3! Melbourne State Library, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Commentary

The International Socialist Organization covers up for the unions, AMLO in Matamoros, Mexico maquiladora strike

By Alex González, 19 February 2019

The ISO’s dishonest account covers up the role of the trade unions and Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Build rank-and-file strike committees! Prepare to expand the strike!
A fighting program for Oakland teachers

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 19 February 2019

Oakland, California teachers must break out of union-imposed isolation and organize across bargaining units, district lines, and geographical boundaries. This is the same fight nationally and internationally in defense of public education.

French media slanders “yellow vests” and Muslims as anti-Semites

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 19 February 2019

France’s ruling elite is unleashing a provocative media campaign over a verbal confrontation between protesters and right-wing commentator Alain Finkielkraut.

New York Times places songwriter Ryan Adams in the crosshairs of its #MeToo witch hunt

By Eric London, 18 February 2019

Within hours, the music industry began erasing Adams’ nearly 30-year footprint as a pioneer of popular Americana music.

Karl Marx’s grave desecrated by fascists

By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2019

Imperialist conflicts dominate Munich Security Conference

By Peter Schwarz, 18 February 2019

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

The working class and socialism

War summit in Warsaw

Wealth concentration increases in US and globally

One year since the Parkland high school massacre: A political balance sheet

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

CIA out of Northern Virginia Community College!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 February 2019

The IYSSE demands that NVCC repudiate all ties to the CIA, including barring it and other agencies of the US military-intelligence apparatus from recruiting students.

Workers Struggles

Colombian teachers in 24-hour national strike over attacks on public education
Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 February 2019

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

Signs of rising levels of workers’ struggles in China

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2019

Oakland, California teachers set to strike this week

By Ben McGrath, 18 February 2019

Anger grows among Denver teachers, as union gloats about closed-door negotiations

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2019

Union shuts down Denver teachers strike

Germany: Public transport strike paralyzes Berlin

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019

Arts Review

Prazdnik (Holiday): Film about social inequality in Russia attracts mass audience

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2019

The film is a poignant indictment of social inequality and has been subject to a campaign of Russian government censorship.

The Last Survivors: A testament to the Holocaust
A documentary film by Arthur Cary, first shown on BBC Two

By Margot Miller, 15 February 2019

Berlin Film Festival: Between identity politics and opposition against the far right

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 February 2019

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The 2019 Grammy Awards: The music industry’s love affair with itself

At St. Ann’s Warehouse Theater in Brooklyn
The Jungle: A makeshift society within the global refugee crisis

25 years ago: Worldwide unemployment smashes record set in Great Depression

The International Labor Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, released a report on February 19, 1994, detailing historically unprecedented high unemployment worldwide.

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50 years ago: NLF launches offensive in Vietnam

On February 24, 1969, less than five weeks after the inauguration of President Richard Nixon, the National Liberation Front (NLF) launched a major offensive against US forces in South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Norwegian blast hits Nazi nuclear program

On February 20, 1944, an explosion set by commandos of the Norwegian resistance dealt a major blow to Nazi Germany’s efforts to develop atomic weapons.

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100 years ago: Bavarian Prime Minister Kurt Eisner assassinated

On February 21, 1919, Kurt Eisner, the Bavarian prime minister and a member of the Independent Socialist Party (USPD), was assassinated in the streets of Munich by a right-wing aristocrat, Count Arco-Valley.

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February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

Watch: March to Fight GM Plant Closures

Autoworkers and supporters from across the Midwest marched on February 9 in Detroit to oppose General Motors’ plans for plant closings and layoffs in the US and Canada.

Autoworkers must prepare fight as UAW plans new givebacks in 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019

Striking workers in Matamoros, Mexico support Detroit demonstration against auto layoffs

In this video, striking auto parts workers at Fisher Dynamics in Matamoros, Mexico send their support to last weekend’s demonstration against mass layoffs in the US auto industry called by the Socialist Equality Party.

“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
Maruti Suzuki workers in India send greetings to February 9 protest

Autoworkers, supporters demonstrate in Detroit to oppose GM closures and layoffs

February 9 demonstration against auto plant closures in Detroit
The program and strategy to defend jobs

Book Review

The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally

By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019

Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.

Science

Opportunity rover ends 15 years of Martian exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2019

History

The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2019

One hundred years since the Seattle General Strike

By Kayla Costa, 11 February 2019

100 years since the Seattle General Strike—Part 2

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

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Obituary

Daniel Freeman, a founding member of the Workers League, dies at the age of 84

By Fred Mazelis, 13 February 2019

Mehring Books

London Book Launch: Why Are They Back?   The return of fascism in Germany and the lessons of history

12 February 2019

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

Socialist Equality Party

The way forward to win wages and social rights
Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka calls plantation workers’ conference

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee, 12 February 2019

The conference will discuss the lessons of the recent plantation workers’ struggle and the political strategy needed to win their demands.

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

7 February 2019

New in Arabic

استراتيجية النضال الطبقي الدولي والنضال السياسي ضد الرجعية الرأسمالية في عام 2019

٢ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٩

في مطلع العام الأخير صرحت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة :" إن عام 2018 الجديد- وهو عام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس- سيتسم في المقام الأول بتركيز هائل للتوترات الاجتماعية وبتصاعد النضال الطبقي في أرجاء العالم".

Halil Celik, 1961-2018

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Arun Kumar and Ritwik Mitter, 26 January 2019

Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

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.

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

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

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

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.

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.

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