11 January 2019

Ford to lay off thousands, close plants across Europe

By Will Morrow, 11 January 2019

The company’s statement bluntly spells out the role to be played by the unions—which it correctly labels its “trade union partners”—in suppressing opposition among workers.

“We are being treated like pawns”
As payless payday looms, federal unions stage protests in US cities

By our reporter, 11 January 2019

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing destitution due to the budget impasse, unions staged protests aimed at dissipating anger over the impact of the government shutdown.

Trump’s “national emergency” threat and the danger of presidential dictatorship

As US shutdown heads toward its fourth week
Trump delivers fascistic White House rant to demand border wall

Mobilize the working class against the US government shutdown

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Widespread support for Los Angeles teacher strike as unions seek to block statewide struggle

By our reporters, 11 January 2019

Students, parents and workers expressed their support for Los Angeles teachers who are determined to walk out for improved wages and to oppose the drive to dismantle public education.

Los Angeles teachers angered as union delays strike again

“All the teachers across the nation should come out”
California, Michigan educators call for joint action with LA teachers

Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike

Los Angeles and the billionaires’ plan to destroy public education

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“The Teamsters won’t fight for us. It’s not a good contract”
Chicago UPS workers speak out against sellout contract

By George Marlowe and Jessica Goldstein, 11 January 2018

UPS workers in the Chicago area spoke out against the local contract, which mirrors the contract proposal rejected by tens of thousands of UPS workers nationwide.

Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2019

Washington, the EU and the so-called Lima Group of right-wing Latin American governments have called Maduro’s second term “illegitimate,” inviting regime change.

Corporate media smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 January 2019

A host of articles attacking Julian Assange this week are representative of what the world-renowned investigative journalist John Pilger aptly described as “Vichy journalism.”

Ecuador unveils “special examination” of Julian Assange’s asylum

Silence follows Trump attorney’s statement that Julian Assange did nothing “wrong”

More on the fight to free Julian Assange »

Macron launches fraudulent “national debate” on “yellow vest” protests

By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2019

The debate is an attempt to strangle mounting opposition while continuing reactionary policies of austerity and militarism under cover of a few empty phrases.

French government witch-hunts ex-boxer who punched riot police in “yellow vest” protest

By Will Moreau, 11 January 2019

The outpouring of popular support for Dettinger has triggered a hysterical campaign by the Macron government against the ex-boxer and those supporting him.

French Prime Minister proposes government registry of demonstrators

Growing “yellow vest” protests defy French police repression

More on the 'yellow vest' protests in France »

Nearly 600 homeless died on UK streets in 2017
“We’re living in the Dark Ages—how can there be so much wealth and so much misery?”

By our reporters, 11 January 2019

Over the holiday period, WSWS reporters spoke to homeless people, charities and volunteers dealing with the escalating homeless crisis in the UK.

Syriza government enforces new budget cuts in Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 11 January 2019

Syriza is enforcing another austerity budget that reduces even further the social position of an already devastated working class.

Germany deports more refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2019

On Monday night, a further 36 refugees were deported to Kabul, including a number who had lived and worked for years in Germany and had no idea they were at risk.

Sri Lankan president issues bogus promise to fulfil election pledges

By K. Ratnayake, 11 January 2019

Sirisena is attempting to cement an alliance with former President Mahinda Rajapakse against the United National Party-led government.

After attempted coup in Gabon, government imposes internet and media broadcast blackout

By Eddie Haywood, 11 January 2019

The imposition of a complete blackout of internet and broadcast services has long been utilized as a tool of repression by the Bongo government.

Insurgent Gabon soldiers shot dead in foiled coup attempt

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

By Clare Hurley, 11 January 2019

Amazon’s desperate public relations campaign represents an inverse reflection of mounting opposition to the conglomerate’s practices.

Amazon worker describes brutal conditions at Tracy, California warehouse during Camp Fire

“Amazon ruined my life”
Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

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Landlords reap profits from dilapidated US military housing tainted with lead, mold, brown tapwater

By Zaida Green, 11 January 2019

Property developers are left free to pocket federal housing stipends under fifty-year leases whilst hazardous homes cripple soldiers’ children and send entire families to the hospital.

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

New in Russian

Восьмидесятилетие Четвертого Интернационала: Уроки истории и борьба за социализм сегодня

Дэвид Норт, 11 января 2019 г.

7 октября 2018 года Дэвид Норт, председатель международного редакционного совета Мирового Социалистического Веб Сайта, выступил с нижеследующей речью на публичном митинге в Коломбо, организованным Партией Социалистического Равенства Шри-Ланки.

New in Turkish

ABD-Türkiye arasındaki gerilimler Suriye’den çekilme planı üzerinden yükseliyor

Bill Van Auken, 11 Ocak 2019

Salı günü, Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, kendisini ziyarete gelen ABD’li bir güvenlik ve ordu heyeti ile görüşmeyi reddetti.

New in Spanish

La amenaza del estado de excepción de Trump y el peligro de una dictadura presidencial

Patrick Martin, 11 enero 2019

Los congresistas demócratas y la prensa corporativa están restando importancia deliberadamente al peligro que corren los derechos democráticos y las normas constitucionales ante las amenazas de Trump.

Maestros de Los Ángeles furiosos después de que sindicato pospone huelga

Jerry White, 11 enero 2019

Pocos días después de abandonar las demandas más importantes de los maestros con respecto a su oposición a la privatización escolar, el sindicato United Teachers de Los Angeles pospuso la huelga de 33,000 educadores.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo: 1973-1985
4. La fundación del Workers Revolutionary Party

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 11 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.

New in French

Le gouvernement dénonce l’ex-boxeur qui a frappé des policiers lors d’une manifestation des «gilets jaunes»

Will Moreau, 11 janvier 2019

La vague de soutien pour Dettinger a provoqué une campagne hystérique du gouvernement Macron pour dénoncer l’ex-boxeur et ses soutiens.

Macron lance son «débat national» frauduleux avec les «gilets jaunes»

Alexandre Lantier, 10 janvier 2019

Le débat n’est qu’une tentative d’étouffer l’opposition tout en continuant la politique réactionnaire d’austérité et de militarisme sous couvert de phrases creuses.

La menace d’«urgence nationale» de Trump et le danger de la dictature présidentielle

Patrick Martin, 11 janvier 2019

Les démocrates du Congrès et les sociétés médiatiques minimisent délibérément le danger pour les droits démocratiques et les normes constitutionnelles que représentent les menaces de Trump.

Une grève de deux jours contre le gouvernement indien reflète la montée de la colère sociale

nos correspondants, 11 janvier 2019

Alors que les médias ont essayé d’ignorer la grève, elle a été largement suivie par la classe ouvrière.

Des soldats gabonais insurgés tués par balle lors d'un coup d'État déjoué

Eddie Haywood, 11 janvier 2019

La tentative de coup d'État a eu lieu quelques jours après que les États-Unis ont déployé 80 soldats au Gabon pour protéger les «biens américains en cas de manifestations violentes» au Congo voisin.

Le Parti de l'égalité socialiste intente une action en justice contre la surveillance exercée par les services secrets allemands

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 11 janvier 2019

Peer Stolle, l'avocat du Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, a adressé une mise en demeure par écrit à l'Agence fédérale allemande pour la protection de la Constitution. Le texte de la lettre est publié ici.

New in German

Trump droht mit „nationalem Notstand“: Die Gefahr einer präsidialen Diktatur

Patrick Martin, 11. Januar 2019

Die Demokraten im Kongress und die etablierten Medien verharmlosen gezielt die Gefahr für die Verfassung und demokratische Rechte, die von Trumps Drohungen ausgehen.

Sicherheitspersonal an den Flughäfen setzt Warnstreiks fort

K. Nesan und Marianne Arens, 11. Januar 2019

An den Flughäfen Stuttgart, Düsseldorf und Köln/Bonn streikten gestern erneut Security-Mitarbeiter für eine vernünftige Bezahlung und bessere Arbeitsbedingungen.

Indien: Wachsende soziale Wut entlädt sich in zweitägigem Streik

unseren Korrespondenten, 11. Januar 2019

Obwohl die kapitalistischen Medien versuchten, den Streik totzuschweigen, wurde er von breiten Teilen der Arbeiterklasse unterstützt.

Londoner Ausstellung erinnert an die Kindertransporte
Vor 80 Jahren durften 10.000 meist jüdische Kinder nach Großbritannien ausreisen

Paul Mitchell, 11. Januar 2019

Die Ausstellung im Londoner Jüdischen Museum dokumentiert die Aussagen von Überlebenden der Kindertransporte. Sie sind so wertvoll, weil die meisten Archive über ihr Leben in Deutschland und Großbritannien während und nach dem Krieg zerstört wurden.

New in Norwegian

Los-Angeles-lærere forbereder seg på streik

Jerry White, 9. januar 2019

Lærere i nasjonens nest-største skoledistrikt er engasjert i en kritisk kamp til forsvar for retten til offentlig utdanning.

Millioner av indiske arbeidere holder to-dagers generalstreik mot Modi-regjeringen

våre reportere, 9. januar 2019

Streiken, som begynte på tirsdag og fortsatte på onsdag, er en kraftig indikasjon på massemotstanden mot den hindu-overherredømme Bharatiya-Janatha-Parti-ledede regjeringen og dens «fritt markeds»-politikk.

Vitenskapelig gjennombrudd åpner perspektiv for 40 prosent produktivitetsøkning i landsbruksproduksjon

Philip Guelpa og Thomas H. Douglas, 8. januar 2019

Nylig annonsert forskning på planters fotosyntese, grunnlaget for nesten hele planetens næringskjede, viser at fremskritt innen vitenskap og teknologi kan avskaffe sult og faren for hungersnød.

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Perspective

Trump at the Rubicon

11 January 2019

A presidential declaration of a “national emergency” to override congressional opposition would mean a permanent and irreversible break with constitutional government in the United States.

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Autoworkers struggles

Unite Canadian, US and Mexican autoworkers!
Build rank-and-file committees to fight GM’s plant shutdowns in Oshawa and the US

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 January 2019

Unifor cannot be pressured or reformed. Workers must take the struggle to stop the plant closures into their own hands.

GM Oshawa workers down tools after automaker confirms plant closure

“They don’t treat us like we’re human beings”
Faurecia auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan speak on conditions

Watch: Shannon Allen's remarks at Detroit autoworkers meeting

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

Workers Struggles

Mounting social anger seen in two-day strike against Indian government

By our correspondents, 10 January 2019

India’s “rise” and the savage exploitation of the working class

Indian workers need revolutionary socialist program to combat social devastation and political reaction

Actors and stage managers strike against developmental work with Broadway League

By Katy Kinner, 11 January 2019

The National Council of the Actors’ Equity union announced a strike on Monday, calling for a new contract.

UK rail workers strikes, Tunisian protests and strikes, strikes spread in Zimbabwe
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 January 2019

Strikes by rail workers in Britain against driver-only operated trains are continuing while stoppages and protests are expanding in Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Featured Interview

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

By Eric London, 10 January 2019

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

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.

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.

Arts Review

If Beale Street Could Talk: A film version of the James Baldwin novel

By Joanne Laurier, 10 January 2019

South Park episodes dramatize plight of Amazon workers, ridicule Jeff Bezos

By Ed Hightower, 9 January 2019

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko: A novel of 20th century Korea and Japan—“History has failed us, but no matter”

By Sandy English, 7 January 2019

Obituary

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.

Science

Scientific breakthrough promises to increase agricultural productivity by 40 percent

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

Commentary

Guatemalan establishment indifferent to deaths of US incarcerated migrant children

By Andrea Lobo, 9 January 2019

Twenty-two deaths reported in immigrant detention centers since Trump took office

US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2019

Bolton walks back Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

Election campaign confirms further shift to the right by Israeli political establishment

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2019

Actor Kevin Spacey arraigned on indecent assault charge in Massachusetts

By David Walsh, 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.

25 years ago: Bill Clinton agrees to special prosecutor in Whitewater case

On January 12, 1994, under mounting media and political pressure, President Bill Clinton agreed to the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Whitewater case.

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50 years ago: Sweden recognizes North Vietnam

The Social Democratic government of Sweden recognized the Stalinist regime in North Vietnam on January 10, 1969 and indicated it would send an official envoy in the spring.

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75 years ago: American Stalinists “dissolve” Communist Party

On January 9, 1944, the American Communist Party, under orders from Moscow, announced at a public meeting in Madison Square Garden that it would “dissolve” itself as a political party.

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100 years ago: General strike in Buenos Aires

On January 9, 1919, thousands of workers in the Argentine capital led by the Argentine Regional Workers Federation struck in protest of the police killings of workers in two separate strikes in the previous days.

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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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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.

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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.