20 November 2019

Impeachment hearing highlights conflict over US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2019

The driving force of the Democratic Party inquiry is the US effort to use Ukraine as a base of operations and front-line state in the confrontation with Russia.

As second week of public hearings begins
Pelosi doubles down on anti-Russia politics of impeachment inquiry

Obama joins effort to push Democratic primary campaign to the right

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

More than 15,000 Indiana teachers walk off job against low wages and attacks on public education

By George Marlowe, 20 November 2019

Indiana teachers confront conditions no less horrendous than their counterparts throughout the United States and internationally.

US declares Israeli settlements no longer illegal

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2019

The US ruling is a green light for an escalation in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the annexation of Palestinian land.

Over 3,000 Canadian National Railway workers strike across Canada

By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2019

Workers, who have been without a contract since July, are protesting against dangerous working conditions and long shifts, which have led to high levels of fatigue.

In the face of attacks by billionaires, Obama
Elizabeth Warren backpedals on “Medicare for All”

By Kate Randall, 20 November 2019

Less than three weeks after presenting her “Medicare for All” proposal, Warren is backtracking on virtually all of its components.

Epstein scandal engulfs Britain’s Royal family after BBC interview with Prince Andrew

By Chris Marsden, 20 November 2019

Prince Andrew maintained his relations with Epstein long after the sex offender and trafficker was convicted for his crimes.

Two New York prison guards charged in connection with Epstein death

By Matthew Taylor, 20 November 2019

The pair who were guarding Epstein on the night of his mysterious death have been charged with falsifying records and defrauding the US government.

US puts new Sri Lankan president on notice

By K. Ratnayake, 20 November 2019

While Pompeo couched his message to Rajapakse in terms of “human rights,” Washington’s real concern is that the new president will re-orient Sri Lanka towards China.

Former top military official wins Sri Lankan presidential election

Washington, DC area transit workers call for expansion of fight as strike enters fourth week

By Nick Barrickman, 20 November 2019

Bus drivers opposing privatizations and poverty pay must defy the Amalgamated Transit Union’s effort to divide and weaken their struggle.

Corbyn tells British industry executives: “It’s sometimes claimed that I’m anti-business. That is complete nonsense”

By Robert Stevens, 20 November 2019

The Labour Party leader reassured the Confederation of British Industry, “You and your business have so much to gain from a Labour government.”

Germany’s Green Party conference—power at any price

By Peter Schwarz, 20 November 2019

The entire party conference was aimed at demonstrating the reliability of the Greens to the ruling circles in politics, business and the media.

Australian Labor Party leader dodges state party conference

By Mike Head, 20 November 2019

The fact that Albanese felt he could not appear spoke volumes about the political crisis gripping the party.

19 November 2019

The bloodbath in Baghdad

By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2019

Sweden drops investigation into bogus sexual misconduct allegations against Julian Assange

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2019

UN special rapporteur exposes Swedish sexual misconduct frame-up of Assange

Julian Assange appears in court via video link: Legal rights denied by judge

By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019

United States has the highest child detention rate in the world

By Niles Niemuth, 19 November 2019

France to host “peace summit” with Germany, Ukraine and Russia

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

Hong Kong police lay siege to university occupied by demonstrators

By Ben McGrath, 19 November 2019

Chinese soldiers appear on Hong Kong streets for first time since protests began

Iranian regime shuts down internet following protests over gas price hikes

By Keith Jones, 19 November 2019

Protests in Chile continue in opposition to promises of new Constitution

By Andrea Lobo, 19 November 2019

With national strike set for November 21, political crisis intensifies in Colombia

By Evan Blake, 19 November 2019

Mass protests in Prague against Czech government

By Markus Salzmann, 19 November 2019

Venice sees second worst flooding in recorded history

By Allison Smith, 19 November 2019

Labour Party candidates pledge to ignore Corbyn’s Brexit policy and campaign for Remain

By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019

Germany: Volkswagen pays works council members millions

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 November 2019

US Steel job cuts continue as it lays off workers in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 November 2019

Protests as Trump labor board moves to restrict grad student unions

By Michael Walters, 19 November 2019

Michigan judge throws out state charges against Flint water consultants

By James Brewer, 19 November 2019

Australian establishment up-in-arms after Beijing bans visit by two MPs

By James Cogan, 19 November 2019

Trial begins over 2015 anti-government protest on Nauru

By John Braddock, 19 November 2019

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La Suède abandonne son enquête sur les fausses allégations d’inconduite sexuelle contre Julian Assange

Patrick Martin, 20 novembre 2019

Ce geste confirme que les incessantes allégations médiatiques de «viol» et d’«agression sexuelle» contre le fondateur de WikiLeaks sont une fraude à motivation politique.

Bain de sang à Bagdad

Bill Van Auken, 20 novembre 2019

Les médias américains sont restés largement silencieux, plus de 330 manifestants non armés ayant été tués dans les rues de la capitale irakienne.

Le régime iranien ferme Internet après les manifestations contre la hausse des prix du carburant

Keith Jones, 20 novembre 2019

La République islamique a été ébranlée par les manifestations de masse contre la hausse importante des prix du carburant précipitée par la guerre de sanctions américaines contre l’Iran.

J’Accuse: le chef-d’œuvre de Roman Polanski sur l’Affaire Dreyfus

Alexandre Lantier, 20 novembre 2019

Le film de Polanski racontre la lutte menée sur 12 ans pour établir l’innocence d’un officier français juif faussement accusé d’être un espion, le capitaine Alfred Drefyus.

Manifestations de masse à Prague contre le gouvernement tchèque

Markus Salzmann, 20 novembre 2019

À la veille du 30e anniversaire de la prétendue Révolution de velours, des centaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté samedi contre le gouvernement corrompu de droite dirigé par le Premier ministre Andrej Babis.

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Blutbad in Bagdad

Bill Van Auken, 20. November 2019

Kaum ein Wort in den Medien über den Tod von mehr als 330 unbewaffneten Demonstranten in den Straßen der irakischen Hauptstadt.

Hamburg: Rot-grüner Senat plant neues Polizeigesetz

Tino Jacobson, 20. November 2019

Der Hamburger Senat will noch vor der Bürgerschaftswahl am 23. Februar 2020 ein umstrittenes Polizeigesetz beschließen, dass grundlegende demokratische Rechte beseitigt.

Socialist Equality Party stellt Kandidaten für britische Parlamentswahl vor

unserem Reporter, 20. November 2019

Die SEP führt einen politischen Kampf gegen Sparkurs, autoritäre Herrschaft, Militarismus und Krieg.

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Blodbadet i Bagdad

Bill Van Auken, 20. november 2019

Amerikanske medier har stort sett forholdt seg tause, mens mer enn 330 ubevæpnede demonstranter er drept i gatene i den irakiske hovedstaden.

Colombias politiske krise tilspisser seg, med nasjonalstreik satt for 21. november

Evan Blake, 20. november 2019

Duque-administrasjonens respons på den truende streiken er å forberede et brutalt tilslag fra militæret og politiet.

Regimet i Iran stenger ned internett etter protester over heving av bensinpriser

Keith Jones, 20. november 2019

Den islamske republikken har blitt rystet av masseprotester mot en skarp økning av drivstoffprisene, utløst av USAs sanksjonskrig mot Iran.

Masseprotest i Prag mot tsjekkisk regjering

Markus Salzmann, 20. november 2019

Under opptakten til 30-årsjubiléet for den såkalte Fløyels-revolusjonen demonstrerte på lørdag hundretusener mot den korrupte høyre-regjeringen ledet av statsminister Andrej Babis.

J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy): Roman Polanskis mesterverk om Dreyfus-saken

Alex Lantier, 20. november 2019

Regissøren Roman Polanskis J’Accuse beretter om den 12-år-lange kampen for å reinvaske Alfred Dreyfus, en fransk jødisk offiser som i 1894 ble urettmessig dømt for å ha spionert for Tyskland.

Frankrike vertsland for «toppmøte om fred», med Tyskland, Ukraina og Russland

Clara Weiss, 20. november 2019

Toppmøtet er del av fransk og tysk imperialismes bestrebelser for å spille en større rolle i Øst-Europa, mens spenninger med USA tiltar.

New in Spanish

El baño de sangre en Bagdad

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 noviembre 2019

La prensa estadounidense ha permanecido en gran medida en silencio, mientras más de 330 manifestantes desarmados fueron asesinados en las calles de la capital iraquí.

Régimen iraní suspende internet tras protestas por aumentos en precio de la gasolina

Por Keith Jones, 20 noviembre 2019

La República Islámica ha sido sacudida por las protestas masivas contra un fuerte aumento en los precios de la gasolina causados por las guerra de sanciones de EE. UU. contra Irán.

Siguen las manifestaciones en Chile en oposición a las promesas de una nueva Constitución

Por Andrea Lobo, 20 noviembre 2019

La propuesta de un referéndum es un esfuerzo de la élite política de canalizar las protestas tras el capitalismo chileno sin hacer ninguna verdadera concesión en cuestiones sociales.

Con la huelga nacional programada para el 21 de noviembre, la crisis política se intensifica en Colombia

Por Evan Blake, 20 noviembre 2019

En respuesta a la inminente huelga, el Gobierno de Duque ha comenzado a preparar una brutal represión por parte de los militares y la policía.

Protestas de masas en Praga contra el Gobierno checo

Por Markus Salzmann, 20 noviembre 2019

La prensa estadounidense ha permanecido en gran medida en silencio, mientras más de 330 manifestantes desarmados fueron asesinados en las calles de la capital iraquí.

Unión de de Maestros de Chicago aprueba un contrato de austeridad, allanando el camino para el cierre de escuelas

Por Kristina Betinis, 20 noviembre 2019

El contrato de cinco años, alabado por los líderes sindicales y de la ciudad, amenaza con cerrar más escuelas y continúa la hambruna del tercer distrito escolar más grande del país.

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Одиннадцать тысяч ученых предупреждают о чрезвычайной климатической ситуации

Даниэль де Врис, 15 ноября 2019 г.

Сорок лет переговоров по поводу изменения климата между капиталистическими правительствами не сделали ничего для того, чтобы изменить траекторию движения в сторону экологической и гуманитарной катастрофы.

New in Turkish

Bolivya’da ABD destekli darbe

Bill Van Auken, 14 Kasım 2019

Güney Amerika’nın en yoksul ülkesi Bolivya, Pazar günü Devlet Başkanı Evo Morales’in,ve hükümet yetkililerinin istifasına yol açan ABD destekli darbenin ardından bir iç savaşın eşiğinde bulunuyor.

Almanya’daki Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, Berlin Duvarı’nın yıkılmasının yıldönümü üzerine toplantı düzenledi

Muhabirlerimizden, 14 Kasım 2019

Gerçekte Demokratik Alman Cumhuriyeti’nin kurulması, sosyalizmin gerçekleştirilmesi ile ilgili değil, Batı’da kapitalizmin istikrara kavuşturulması ile ilgiliydi

New in Arabic

يتنافس خمسة مرشحين على الانتخابات الجزائرية في 12 كانون الأول / ديسمبر وسط معارضة جماهيرية

قمران آيرة, ٦ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

وسط احتجاجات جماهيرية مستمرة ضد المؤسسة الحاكمة الجزائرية والانتخابات الرئاسية في 12 كانون الأول / ديسمبر ، أعلنت الهيئة الانتخابية الجزائرية أن خمسة مرشحين يخوضون الانتخابات.

New in Bengali

ভারতে মাদারসন মোটরগাড়ি শ্রমিকদের ধর্মঘটকে মাওবাদী ইউনিয়ন নেতৃত্ব ক্রমাগত বিচ্ছিন্ন করে রাখছে

মোসেস রাজকুমার ও শশী কুমার, ২৫ অক্টোবর ২০১৯

মাসারসন অটোমোটিভ টেকনোলজিস অ্যান্ড ইঞ্জিনিয়ারিং (এম-এ-টি-ই বা মেট)-এর শ্রমিকদের দ্বারা সংগঠিত অনির্দিষ্টকালের ধর্মঘট এখন তৃতীয় মাসে পড়ল।

মার্কিন ফ্যাসিবাদকে এক বলিষ্ট না! ট্রাম্পকে গদিচ্যূত করতে গণআন্দোলন গড়ে তুলুন!

সোশ্যালিস্ট ইকুয়ালিটি পার্টি-র রাজনৈতিক কমিটি, ১৪ অক্টোবর ২০১৯

সন্দেহের ওপর ভিত্তি করে যে তদন্ত কংগ্রেস শুরু করেছিল তার পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে রাষ্ট্রপতি ডোনাল্ড ট্রাম্পের প্রতিক্রিয়া প্রকাশ্যেই সম্পূর্ণ ফ্যাসিবাদী চরিত্রের। গত সপ্তাহে মিনিয়াপোলিস, মিনেসোটা ও লেক চার্লসে ট্রাম্প প্রকাশ্যে বিদেশীদের প্রতি আতঙ্ক, জাতিগত বিদ্বেষ এবং ইহুদি-বিদ্বষের স্বপক্ষে কথা বলেছে।

New in Portuguese

O golpe na Bolívia apoiado pelos EUA

Por Bill Van Auken, 14 Novembro 2019

Apoiado por Washington, o violento golpe na Bolívia foi facilitado pela covardia política e traição do governo de Morales e seu partido MAS.

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Perspective

Collapse of Swedish “sexual misconduct” frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange

20 November 2019

The discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played a linchpin role in the US-led pursuit of Assange, exposes the lawless character of the entire operation against the WikiLeaks founder.

Earlier Perspectives »

Arts Review

J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy): Roman Polanski’s masterpiece on the Dreyfus Affair

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2019

Director Roman Polanski’s J’accuse recounts the 12-year struggle to clear Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish officer unjustly convicted of spying for Germany in 1894.

Michael Winterbottom’s Greed: A searing indictment of the super-rich

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2019

Parasite: An unusual director with his antenna attuned to social class
The Lighthouse: A gothic horror film

Workers Struggles

UAW continues blackout on Fiat Chrysler negotiations as media talks of possible strike

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2019

The United Auto Workers has been silent on the progress of negotiations with Fiat Chrysler amid indications the company will not agree to terms of the Ford and General Motors agreements.

Dutch health care strike: The defense of health care requires a socialist perspective

By Parwini Zora and Harm Zonderland, 20 November 2019

Dutch health care workers are taking a stand with the first-ever nationwide strike, as part of the international resurgence of the class struggle.

India: The indefinite strike by 48,000 Telangana transport workers at crossroads

By Kranti Kumara, 19 November 2019

India: 48,000 striking Telangana transport workers defy back to work order

Unifor imposes concessions contracts on Saskatchewan Crown Corporation workers

By Carl Bronski, 19 November 2019

Obituary

On the death of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019)

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

An understanding of Bukovsky’s life and role in politics over the past half century must be placed within the broader context of the development of the October Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist reaction against it.

The New York Times' 1619 Project

An interview with historian James Oakes on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 18 November 2019

“Opposition to slavery has also been an important theme in American history”
An interview with historian James McPherson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 14 November 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

The “Irrepressible Conflict:” Slavery, the Civil War and America’s Second Revolution

By Eric London, 9 November 2019

Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Socialist Equality Party announces candidates in UK general election

By our reporter, 18 November 2019

The SEP is waging a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Socialist Equality Party stands in UK general election: No to austerity, militarism and war! Free Julian Assange! For class struggle and socialist internationalism!

Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 November 2019

The Socialist Equality Party is standing candidates in the December 12 UK general election to wage a political struggle against austerity, authoritarian rule, militarism and war.

Commentary

Wall Street Journal investigation confirms Google operates censorship blacklist

By Andre Damon, 18 November 2019

Leaked emails reveal Trump aide Stephen Miller’s fascist politics

By Trévon Austin, 15 November 2019

Former US Secretary of State Kissinger points to danger of “catastrophic” conflict between US and China

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2019

Morales’ MAS in talks with Bolivia coup regime on how to quell unrest

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2019

The Spanish election crisis and the treachery of Podemos

By Alex Lantier, 15 November 2019

The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party

Record low numbers participate in 24-hour stunt strike at University of California schools and health system

By Evelyn Rios, 15 November 2019

The Socialist Equality Party Election Campaign in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan presidential election: Workers must prepare to fight moves towards police-state rule

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2019

Calls by the major candidates for “strong government”—code-words for the development of dictatorial methods—are a response to the growing opposition of workers and the poor to government austerity.

Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism!

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 November 2019

More on the 2019 Sri Lankan SEP election campaign »

History

David North introduces Turkish-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky at Istanbul Book Fair

By our reporter, 11 November 2019

Mehring Yayıncılık announced the publication of five major works by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) at its Istanbul Book Fair stall, including two authored by David North.

Free Assange and Manning

Roger Stone conviction affirms he lied about having connections with WikiLeaks

By Kevin Reed, 16 November 2019

Petition calling for Julian Assange’s freedom tabled in Australian parliament

By James Cogan, 15 November 2019

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Stop the US extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange! Free Assange and Manning!

Australian workers and youth speak-out in support of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 13 November 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Autoworkers Struggles

United Auto Workers declares sellout Ford contract ratified amidst widespread opposition

By Tom Hall, 16 November 2019

Acting UAW chief unveils bogus “anti-corruption” reforms

Ford workers complain of extreme temperatures in Chicago plants amid record-setting freeze

Ford workers describe UAW’s intimidation tactics to pass Ford contract

Ford Kentucky Truck workers speak out against contract: “The people on the floor don’t trust the UAW”

From the archive of the WSWS
What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

How Ford and the UAW plan to cut autoworkers’ health care

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

Science

Social inequality in Early Bronze Age Europe

By Philip Guelpa, 12 November 2019

25 years ago: Hurricane Gordon dissipates after two weeks of destruction

On November 21, 1994, Hurricane Gordon dissipated over South Carolina after nearly two weeks of destruction throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean. The hurricane hit parts of Central America, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Bahamas, and the southeastern US coast for nearly two weeks.

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50 years ago: Native American group begins occupation of Alcatraz island

On November 20, 1969, a group of about 90 Native Americans led by Richard Oakes sailed small boats across San Francisco Bay and began an occupation of Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which had closed in 1963.

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75 years ago: Allied forces capture German town

On November 19, 1944, the British Second Army secured control of Geilenkirchen, a German town in North Rhine-Westphalia, near the border with the Netherlands. The successful offensive, aimed at establishing a base of operations for further incursions into Germany, underscored the military crisis of the Nazi regime and heightened the anticipation of a full-scale Allied invasion.

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100 years ago: US Senate fails to ratify Treaty of Versailles

On November 19, 1919, The United States Senate failed to secure the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, which had been negotiated by the Allied imperialist victors of World War I at the Paris Peace Conference that June.

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Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE meetings in Germany: Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By our correspondents, 6 November 2019

Stop the censorship of socialist views by the University of Leipzig student council

Germany: Humboldt University student parliament supports lawsuit against far-right Professor Baberowski

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Obituary

Detroit Democrat John Conyers, long-standing fixture in Congress, dies at 90

By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2019

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019