As support grows to extend Los Angeles teacher strike, unions colluding with Democrats to end walkout

By Jerry White, 16 January 2019

With Oakland teachers planning sickouts to join the fight, the United Teachers Los Angeles is working behind the scenes with the Democratic mayor and governor to prepare a sellout of the strike.

Los Angeles teachers speak out on political issues in strike

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

“They keep saying, ‘There’s no money, there’s no money.’ That’s a lie.”

50,000 march on first day of Los Angeles teachers strike

This walkout should be nationwide
Los Angeles teachers, students and parents speak out on first day of strike

Oakland, California teachers plan a one-day walkout Friday

By Jonathan Burleigh, 16 January 2019

Teachers in Oakland, facing the same crisis as those striking in Los Angeles, have called a second wildcat “sickout” to oppose the attacks on public education.

Denver, Colorado teachers move closer to strike action

For a united struggle to defend public education in California and beyond!

More on teachers' struggles »

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

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

The massive citywide strike is expanding today in Matamoros, Mexico as the union and employers failed to meet the workers’ demands.

Rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico
70,000 workers strike at US-Mexico border sweatshops

UK parliament votes down Prime Minister May’s Brexit deal

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 16 January 2019

In response to the resounding rejection of May’s proposal, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no confidence for Wednesday.

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

French worker sentenced to six months’ jail over Facebook call for demonstrations

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2019

The French government has intensified police-state repression aimed at crushing “yellow vest” protests against social inequality.

France’s mass “yellow vest” protests continue to grow in 2019

Thousands of French teachers join “Red Pens” protest on Facebook
“We have the same fight in France as the US”

More on the 'yellow vest' protests in France »

Amid stalled US-North Korean talks, second Trump-Kim summit mooted

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2019

The unstated aim of Trump’s diplomacy has been to “flip” North Korea—that is, to induce Pyongyang through threats and bribes to reorient away from Beijing and towards Washington.

Fire kills 18 at rehab center in Ecuador

By Cesar Uco, 16 January 2019

The tragedy is a direct consequence of government austerity policies directed at promoting foreign investment at the expense of public health and education.

Bolivia’s Morales and Brazil’s Bolsonaro collaborate in rendition of Cesare Battisti to Italy

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2019

Bolivia’s role in what amounted to an extra-judicial rendition is emblematic of the sharp rightward turn of what remains of Latin America’s “Pink Tide” governments.

PG&E’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing: Corporate executives again to get away with murder

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 January 2019

The company faces widespread litigation, including government investigation into the deadly Californian wildfires over the past two years, lawsuits from victims and over $30 billion in potential liabilities.

Quebec: Locked-out ABI workers begin second year on picket line

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 January 2019

The Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI workers’ struggle has emboldened the aluminum smelter’s majority shareholder, Alcoa, to escalate its demands.

Grenfell Tower: Class action lawsuit in US against flammable cladding manufacturer

By Paul Bond, 16 January 2019

The suit claims Arconic “knowingly or recklessly supplied its highly flammable Reynobond polyethylene (PE) cladding panels for use in high-rise buildings.”

Indian transit workers in Mumbai defy authorities, continue strike

By Kranti Kumara, 16 January 2019

As soon as the strike began, Maharashtra’s BJP state government invoked essential services legislation, threatening the strikers with mass incarceration, fines and dismissals.

Bangladesh government oversees police attacks on protesting garment workers

By Wimal Perera, 16 January 2019

The Awami League-led government is seeking to suppress the wages movement with threats, police violence and victimisations.

Sri Lankan workers must oppose the witch-hunt of militant plantation workers

By M. Thevarajah, 16 January 2019

Plantation bosses, with the backing of the government, police and the unions, are attempting to intimidate estate workers and suppress their wage demands.

Australia: Widespread opposition to violent arrest of elderly Sydney protester

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

Footage of 74-year-old Danny Lim being set upon by three police officers provoked anger on social media.

New in Russian

Трамп у Рубикона

Патрик Мартин и Андре Дэймон, 16 января 2019 г.

Введение президентом «чрезвычайного положения» для преодоления оппозиции в Конгрессе может стать перманентным состоянием, представляя собой необратимый разрыв с традициями конституционного правления в Соединенных Штатах.

New in Turkish

ABD ile Türkiye, Rus S-400 alım planı konusunda anlaşamıyor

Barış Demir, 16 Ocak 2019

ABD’li teknik heyetin, Türkiye'nin Rus S-400 hava savunma sistemleri satın almasının Washington için kabul edilemez olduğunu vurgulaması bekleniyor.

ABD, İran’a ve Türkiye’ye karşı tehditleri yoğunlaştırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 16 Ocak 2019

Pompeo, ABD askerlerinin Suriye’de olmamasının, ne ABD’nin IŞİD’e yönelik saldırılarını ne de İran’a yönelik askeri baskısını durduracağını vurguladı.

New in Spanish

Cien años desde la muerte de Rosa Luxemburgo y Karl Liebknecht

Peter Schwarz, 16 enero 2019

La burguesía tuvo que asesinar a Luxemburgo y Liebknecht para prevenir que la revolución, la cual se propagó como un incendio por toda Alemania durante noviembre de 1918, derrocara el capitalismo como había ocurrido en Rusia.

50,000 marchan en el primer día de huelga de maestros en Los Ángeles

Jerry White, 16 enero 2019

La primera huelga de los maestros de Los Ángeles en tres décadas se perfila como un conflicto directo con el Partido Demócrata, que respalda la campaña para privatizar la educación pública.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
8. El juicio con el Observer

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 16 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.

Los medios americanos revive los métodos del macartismo

Patrick Martin, 16 enero 2019

La campaña desencadenada por informes durante el fin de semana por el New York Times y el Washington Post se remonta a la caza de brujas anticomunista de la década de 1950.

Estados Unidos y Turquía se enfrentan por plan turco de comprar misiles rusos S-400

Baris Demir, 16 enero 2019

Se espera que el equipo negociador de EUA le advierta a Ankara que Washington no tolerará la compra turca de un sistema de defensa aérea ruso.

New in Norwegian

Opprør i Matamoros, Mexico
70.000 arbeidere streiker ved ‘sweatshop’-fabrikkene langs Mexico-USA grensa

Alex González og Eric London, 16. januar 2019

Arbeidere fører en kamp mot pro-foretak fagforeningene og de brutale ‘sweatshop’-betingelsene i «maquiladora»-fabrikkene langs Mexico-grensa mot USA.

Ett hundre år siden Rosa Luxembourg og Karl Liebknecht ble myrdet

Peter Schwarz, 16. januar 2019

Styringsklassen måtte drepe Luxemburg og Liebknecht for å forhindre at revolusjonen som spredte seg som en brannstorm over hele Tyskland i løpet av november 1918 fikk omveltet kapitalismen, som den hadde gjort i Russland.

50.000 demonstrerer på første dagen av Los-Angeles-lærernes streik

Jerry White, 16. januar 2019

LA-lærernes første streik på tre tiår vil ta form av en direkte konflikt med Det demokratiske partiet, som støtter kampanjen for privatisering av offentlig utdanning.

Amerikanske medier gjenoppliver McCarthy-ismens metoder

Patrick Martin, 16. januar 2019

Kampanjen utløst av sist helgs rapporter i New York Times og Washington Post minner om den antikommunistiske heksejakta på 1950-tallet.

Hvordan den franske staten og big business finansierer fagforbundene

Anthony Torres, 16. januar 2019

Macron og pseudo-venstre-partiene tilknyttet fagforbundene oppfordrer nå fagforbundene til å ta kontroll over «gul vest»-bevegelsen.

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70 000 travailleurs en grève dans les ateliers de misère à la frontière américano-mexicaine

Alex González et Eric London, 16 janvier 2019

Les travailleurs mènent une lutte contre le syndicat pro-entreprise et les ateliers de misère « maquiladoras » de l’autre côté de la frontière américano-mexicaine.

Cent ans après l’assassinat de Rosa Luxemburg et Karl Liebknecht

Peter Schwarz, 16 janvier 2019

La classe dirigeante a dû tuer le Luxemburg et Liebknecht pour empêcher la révolution, qui s’est répandue comme une traînée de poudre dans toute l’Allemagne en novembre 1918, de renverser le capitalisme comme elle l’avait fait en Russie.

Lutte ouvrière défend les appareils syndicaux contre les «gilets jaunes»

Anthony Torres, 16 janvier 2019

La lutte des «gilets jaunes» a dévoilé le gouffre entre les travailleurs et les appareils syndicaux, en clair les couches petite-bourgeoises desquelles LO elle-même est tirée.

Des milliers de professeurs de français se joignent à la protestation des « Stylos Rouges » sur Facebook
« Nous avons le même combat en France qu’aux Etats-Unis »

Will Morrow, 16 janvier 2019

Le mouvement croissant des enseignants français se développe sur les médias sociaux et de manière largement indépendante des syndicats nationaux d’éducation.

Combattre les licenciements de Ford ! Construire des comités de base pour unir les travailleurs de l’automobile à travers l’Europe !

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei et Socialist Equality Party et le Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 16 janvier 2019

La classe ouvrière ne peut accepter « le droit » des grandes entreprises à fermer des usines, décimer des communautés entières et détruire les vies de dizaines de milliers de travailleurs.

Quatrième semaine de fermeture du gouvernement aux États-Unis
Les congés de maladie se multiplient et l'impact de la fermeture s'aggrave

Rebecca Campbell, 16 janvier 2019

Le plus long arrêt du gouvernement de l'histoire des États-Unis continue d'avoir un impact sur l'économie alors que les travailleurs fédéraux et les sous-traitants du gouvernement doivent se débrouiller avec des chèques de paie en moins.

New in German

Polizeistaatsaktion des FBI gegen Trump

Patrick Martin, 16. Januar 2019

Der Inlandsgeheimdienst FBI hat eine Verschwörung betrieben, um die Ergebnisse der Wahlen von 2016 rückgängig zu machen. Dies geht aus einem Bericht hervor, in dem die New York Times ihre antirussische Kampagne gegen Trump wiederaufnimmt.

Rebellion in Matamoros, Mexiko
70.000 Arbeiter streiken in Fabriken an der US-Grenze

Alex Gonzalez und Eric London, 16. Januar 2019

Die Arbeiter führen einen Kampf gegen die unternehmerfreundliche Gewerkschaft und die brutalen „maquiladora“-Sweatshops auf der mexikanischen Seite der Grenze.

Security-Warnstreiks an acht Flughäfen

Marianne Arens, 16. Januar 2019

Der gestrige Warnstreik an acht deutschen Flughäfen hat erneut die Kampfbereitschaft großer Teile der Arbeiterklasse unter Beweis gestellt. Die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Verdi hält die Streiks für nötig, um „Dampf abzulassen“.

Trotz des geplanten Rückzugs aus Syrien verschärfen die USA ihre Drohungen gegen den Iran und die Türkei

Bill Van Auken, 16. Januar 2019

Der Zeitplan für den Abzug der US-Truppen bleibt zwar weiterhin unklar, dennoch verschärft Washington die Spannungen in der Region stetig.

Rechtsradikaler Professor Baberowski bedroht Studierende

der Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität, 16. Januar 2019

Baberowski hetzt auf Twitter und Facebook sein rechtsextremes Umfeld gegen die Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE auf.

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 Bengali

সামাজিক বিপর্যয় ও রাজনৈতিক প্রতিক্রিয়াশীলতার বিরুদ্ধে লড়াই করতে ভারতীয় শ্রমিকদের প্রয়োজন এক বিপ্লবী সমাজতান্ত্রিক কার্য্যক্রম

দীপাল জয়েশেখেরা ও কিথ জোনস্‌, ৮ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯

সামাজিক বিপর্যয় এবং "বিনিয়োগকারীদের স্বার্থে" বিজেপি সরকারের করা অর্থনৈতিক পন্থার - অর্থাৎ বর্বর নিষ্ঠুরতা, বেসরকারিকরণ, নিরাপত্তাহীন চুক্তি অনুযায়ী কাজের প্রচার, পরিবেশ বিধি ও কর্মক্ষেত্রে নিরাপত্তার নিয়ম না মানা, বড় ব্যবসা ও ধনীদের জন্য কর-এ প্রবল ছাড় দেওয়া এবং শ্রমিক ও গ্রামের গরীব মানুষদের কর-এ ব্যাপক বৃদ্ধির বিরুদ্ধে আগামী মঙ্গলবার ও বুধবার হাজার হাজার শ্রমিক ও যুব সারা ভারত ব্যাপী ৪৮ ঘন্টার ধর্মঘটে অংশগ্রহণ করবে।

New in Urdu

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

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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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Perspective

The global class struggle in 2019

16 January 2019

The year 2019 is beginning with a wave of strikes, demonstrations and other manifestations of class struggle around the world.

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.

History

Video: Christoph Vandreier on “One hundred years since the assassination of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht”

By Christoph Vandreier, 16 January 2019

In this video, Christoph Vandreier, the deputy chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) in Germany, speaks on the 100th anniversary of the murder of the two great revolutionaries.

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

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

The ruling class had to kill Luxemburg and Liebknecht to prevent the revolution, which spread like wildfire throughout Germany during November 1918, from overthrowing capitalism as it had done in Russia.

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

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2019

At least 1.47 million Jews, more than a quarter of all victims of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry, were murdered within 92 days from mid-August to early November 1942.

The fight against historical falsification

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

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

Some 60 students attended the meeting at Humboldt University to discuss the rise of the Nazis, the lessons of history and a socialist perspective to oppose fascism and war today.

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

The working class cannot accept the “right” of the corporations to shut plants down, decimate entire communities and destroy the lives of tens of thousands of workers.

Ford to lay off thousands, close plants across Europe

Jaguar Land Rover announces nearly 5,000 UK job losses in global restructuring

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

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

Following Oshawa GM sitdown protest, autoworkers fed poison of Canadian nationalism at Windsor rally

By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2019

More on autoworkers issues »

Commentary

The American media revives the methods of McCarthyism

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2019

The FBI’s police state operation against Trump

14 January 2019

How the French state and big business finance the unions

By Anthony Torres, 15 January 2019

US shutdown: Sickouts by screeners throw airports into crisis

By Rebecca Campbell, 15 January 2019

Trump at the Rubicon

More on the Trump presidency »

US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2019

US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles

Workers Struggles

India: Daikin air conditioning workers target of police assault, frame-up charges

By Kranti Kumara, 15 January 2019

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

Australia: Casual coal miners begin week long strike in Wollongong

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 January 2019

New Zealand doctors prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 14 January 2019

“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 2019

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

By Clare Hurley, 11 January 2019

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

More on Amazon »

Arts Review

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

By Sandy English, 15 January 2019

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

By Richard Phillips, 14 January 2019

Steins;Gate 0: A sequel to the popular time-travel anime series

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

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.

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

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.

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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.