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Why was there no organized resistance to Trump’s January 6 coup?

New facts as well as old ones point incontrovertibly to the reality that Donald Trump and his accomplices attempted to wipe out the results of a national election and bring down the US government and Constitution on January 6, 2021, seeking to establish a presidential dictatorship.

This letter, written by David North to a Trotskyist in Russia, reviews the historical and political foundation of the ICFI's opposition to the US-NATO war against Russia.

David North
A video presentation by Evan Blake
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A historic advance in the fight for Trotskyism
The International Committee of the Fourth International accepts application of the Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu to become its section in Turkey

The June 19 decision followed extensive discussions with representatives of the International Committee in Istanbul on the development of the fight for Trotskyism in Turkey and the Aegean and Black Sea regions.

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Health care workers struggles continue across the US

Nurses and other health care workers across the nation are rising up in a growing wave of strikes and protests against understaffing, lack of crucial supplies, exhausting workloads and the erosion of their living standards by the sharp rise in inflation.

Health Care Workers Newsletter

US Steel announces layoffs at Granite City Works in Illinois

US Steel announced plans to lay of nearly a thousand workers at its Granite City Works mill in Illinois while it reports massive profit gains and enters into contract negotiations with the United Steelworkers.

Jessica Goldstein

NATO’s Baltic blockade opens new front in war against Russia

Lithuania’s imposition of a blockade against Russia, traditionally seen as an act of war, is part of a deliberate effort by the US and European powers to expand the war beyond the territory of Ukraine, transforming the conflict ever more openly into a NATO war with Russia.

Andre Damon
Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
Family of Detroit autoworker who died of COVID-19 demands answers

Autoworker and grandmother Catherine Pace died on March 27, 2020 after contracting COVID-19 in the paint department at the Warren Truck Plant outside Detroit, then operated by Fiat-Chrysler, now Stellantis.

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Fed chief admits rate hikes could bring recession

Rate hikes will do nothing to bring down fuel and food prices, as Powell acknowledged in his testimony to Congress, but are aimed at suppressing the growing wages movement of the working class.

Nick Beams

NATO summit to embrace US-led confrontation with China

What is proposed is an extraordinary expansion of NATO’s scope across the entire world, making clear that the rapidly expanding US-NATO proxy war against Russia is not a limited, episodic conflict in Europe, but global in character.

Peter Symonds

Testimony exposes Trump’s plan to declare himself dictator

Explosive testimony given Tuesday to the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021 establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt that what occurred on that day was a full-scale attempt to overthrow the US government and install a fascist dictatorship, headed by the defeated but still sitting president, Donald Trump.

Barry Grey

“They knew it was unsafe...they just didn’t want to spend the money”

Death total climbs to four in rural Missouri Amtrak train crash

For years, government and railroad officials ignored local farmers’ warnings that the crossing where Monday’s deadly collision occurred was dangerous.

Jacob Crosse

Strong interest in SEP meeting on the mass uprising in Sri Lanka

“I read the WSWS article on how big companies in Sri Lanka have made profits in the midst of this crisis. I felt really angry when I went through the numbers. That is the wealth that can solve the problems of the suffering people.”

Our correspondents

US announces plans to flood Europe with troops and weapons

US President Joe Biden has announced a sweeping increase in US troop deployments to Europe as part of a plan by NATO to militarize the continent for its ongoing war with Russia and escalating conflict with China.

Andre Damon

This week in history: June 27-July 3

This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago

Statement of the Editorial Board
For a Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Inquest is necessary to break through the cover-up, lies and misinformation that have been used to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions.

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“We were asking people to come to restaurants and risk community health, just to ensure businesses stayed open”

Canadian restaurant worker speaks to the Global Workers Inquest

Robin, a restaurant worker from Vancouver, recently spoke to the Global Workers Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic about dangerous working conditions in the hospitality sector and his experience with being twice infected by COVID-19.

Malcolm Fiedler
May Day 2022: The NATO-Russia war and the tasks of the international working class

In his introduction to the International May Day Online Rally, WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North reviews the historical origins of the US-NATO war drive against Russia and outlines the political strategy of the working class to oppose the danger of World War III.

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Massacre in Morocco: The ugly face of European imperialism

The cold-blooded killing of at least 37 migrants underscores that as the US-NATO war with Russia escalates into a global conflagration, and workers across the continent move into struggle against the unbearable cost of living, the major European powers are resurrecting forms of state-organised violence and political reaction not seen since the 1930s.

Jordan Shilton

Biden sends US troops back into Somalia

The goal of the Biden administration is to secure US imperialism’s control over the Horn of Africa and trade through the Suez Canal in preparation for confrontation with China.

Alex Findijs

Indian workers and students speak out on NATO-Russia war

Supporters of the ICFI in India spoke to workers and youth about the need to build an anti-war movement of the working class based on socialist internationalism amid the proxy war waged by the US and its NATO allies against Russia.

Arun Kumar
Timeline of thirty years of war: The historical background to the US-NATO conflict with Russia

This interactive timeline presents some of the most important events that have brought humanity to the brink of World War III. It includes links to critical articles and statements produced by the International Committee of the Fourth International over the past 30 years.

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The fight for Trotskyism and the political foundations of the World Socialist Web Site

The WSWS is publishing the report delivered by David North 25 years ago, on February 1, 1997, motivating the proposal to end publication of the SEP’s printed newspaper and replace it with an international website; as well as North’s reply to the National Committee ‘s discussion of the proposal.

Stop censoring the opponents of war!

On Saturday, Facebook deleted a video posted by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany opposing the German government’s participation in the US-led NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Christoph Vandreier

US seizes PressTV.com and 32 other Iranian media website domains

In a provocative act of censorship and imperialist gangsterism, the Biden administration took control of three dozen internet domains and shut down websites affiliated with Iran-based media organizations on unsubstantiated grounds of “disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations.”

Kevin Reed
WSWS Review
Thirty years since the dissolution of the USSR

Review the most critical essays, lectures and letters produced by the ICFI in the course of its intervention in response to the crisis of Stalinism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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NATO summit to embrace US-led confrontation with China

What is proposed is an extraordinary expansion of NATO’s scope across the entire world, making clear that the rapidly expanding US-NATO proxy war against Russia is not a limited, episodic conflict in Europe, but global in character.

Peter Symonds
100 years since the birth of Jean Brust

August 31, 2021 marks 100 years since the birth of Jean Brust, a leading figure in the Trotskyist movement. Comrade Jean, who died November 24, 1997 at the age of 76, joined the Trotskyist-led Young Peoples Socialist League as a teenager in 1937.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee denounces court ruling upholding designation of Germany's Socialist Equality Party as “left wing extremists”

The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK) passed a resolution Monday condemning the ruling of the Berlin Administrative Court, which on November 18, 2021, upheld the designation of the German security service of the German section of the ICFI as “left wing extremists”.

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK)
Twenty years since the September 11 terror attacks

The horrific massacre of civilians was immediately exploited by the imperialist powers, led by the United States government itself, to justify far-reaching attacks on the democratic rights of their own populations, and the launching of decades-long wars in the Middle East and Africa.

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Washington Post promotes Trump’s other “big lie”: The Wuhan Lab theory

The same day that the House Select January 6 Committee documented how Trump used his “big lie” about the 2020 election to justify an attempted fascist coup, the Washington Post published an editorial promoting Trump’s other big lie: The claim that COVID-19 is a man-made virus created by China.

Andre Damon
Cliff Slaughter: A political biography (1928-1963)
By David North

Cliff Slaughter died on May 3, 2021, in Leeds, England, at the age of 92. His enduring contribution in the 1960s to the defense of Trotskyism stands in tragic contrast with his subsequent political opportunism and repudiation of revolutionary Marxism.

Why was there no organized resistance to Trump’s January 6 coup?

New facts as well as old ones point incontrovertibly to the reality that Donald Trump and his accomplices attempted to wipe out the results of a national election and bring down the US government and Constitution on January 6, 2021, seeking to establish a presidential dictatorship.

David Walsh

Testimony exposes Trump’s plan to declare himself dictator

Explosive testimony given Tuesday to the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021 establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt that what occurred on that day was a full-scale attempt to overthrow the US government and install a fascist dictatorship, headed by the defeated but still sitting president, Donald Trump.

Barry Grey

Massacre in Morocco: The ugly face of European imperialism

The cold-blooded killing of at least 37 migrants underscores that as the US-NATO war with Russia escalates into a global conflagration, and workers across the continent move into struggle against the unbearable cost of living, the major European powers are resurrecting forms of state-organised violence and political reaction not seen since the 1930s.

Jordan Shilton
Eighty years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

The WSWS has published a feature page incorporating a selection of essential essays from its own archives, and other documents produced contemporaneously by the Fourth International.

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Sylvia Ageloff and the assassination of Leon Trotsky
With David North and Eric London

North and London discussed the significance of the latest revelations of the the Security and the Fourth International investigation into Trotsky’s assassination.

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Introduction to new book Pike River: The Crime and Cover-up

Pike River: The Crime and Cover-up, published by Mehring Books, examines the causes of the 2010 New Zealand mine disaster, which killed 29 people, and the decade-long cover-up by successive governments and the judicial system, which have shielded the company leadership from prosecution.

Tom Peters
150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg

The meeting examined Luxemburg’s role as a Marxist theoretician and political leader, and discussed the significance of her legacy to the contemporary struggle to build a Marxist leadership.

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