Tens of thousands strike in Berlin against poor working conditions

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

Tens of thousands of public sector workers took part in a one-day strike in Berlin on Wednesday. More than 10,000 people marched to the Brandenburg Gate.

One-day national strike paralyzes Belgium

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2019

Large parts of Belgium were brought to a standstill yesterday, as tens of thousands of workers took part in a national 24-hour strike to demand wage increases.

National 24-hour strike goes forward in Belgium

Union federation stages national strike in South Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2019

Tens of thousands of workers participated in the walkout, bringing economic activity to a near standstill across the country.

Five killed, 22 feared trapped in South African mine explosion

Union rushing to end Denver teachers strike

By Nancy Hanover, 14 February 2019

Denver teachers should take a warning from the experience of Los Angeles teachers and resist any attempt to rush through a deal that abandons critical demands for substantial increases in pay and school funding and a reduction in class sizes.

Denver teachers battle merit-pay system that is backed by unions, Democratic Party

Striking Denver teachers speak out

Uncertainty hangs over US border deal as shutdown deadline nears

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2019

President Trump has not yet guaranteed that he will sign the deal to provide $1.375 billion to fund his planned border wall.

Following Democrats' capitulation on border wall
Trump pushes for more anti-immigrant concessions from the Democrats

Heavy snow storm exposes depth of social crisis in US Pacific Northwest

By Kayla Costa, 14 February 2019

Winter Storm Nadia brought record snowfall and low temperatures to Washington and Oregon, imposing harsh burdens on the homeless, poor and working class.

Australian students endorse rallies to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

“I’m going, because I believe Assange should be set free and he should be defended. All people should go to the rallies if they believe in democratic rights.”

Washington escalates military threats as Venezuela regime change falters

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2019

The focus of the attempt to oust the Venezuelan government is a cynical charade over the delivery of USAID relief supplies across the country’s borders.

Hands off Venezuela!

Mexican President López Obrador cracks down on Central American migrants

By Don Knowland, 14 February 2019

Central American immigrants detained in Piedras Negras, Coahuila on the Texas border are rebelling against detention at the hands of López Obrador.

Flight attendant paralyzed after Delta ordered flight through tropical storm
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part three

By Tom Hall, 14 February 2019

Jane’s condition has been made significantly worse by lengthy delays in treatment caused by Delta’s workers’ compensation administrator, Sedgwick.

Delta planted GPS tracker in car of disabled flight attendant
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part two

Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS
The workers’ compensation nightmare at Delta Airlines: Part one

Italy: Mass demonstration in Rome against right-wing government

By Marianne Arens, 14 February 2019

The march was supported by workers, retirees and school students who want to fight the government’s right-wing policies. But the union leaders, Democratic Party representatives and pseudo-left politicians lent the rally a pro-business orientation.

“Turning Point UK:” A far-right offensive on British campuses

By Thomas Scripps, 14 February 2019

A check of its leading personnel exposes TPUK as a top-down operation of the Tory right, with the substantial backing of Turning Point’s US-based parent organisation and its fascistic supporters.

New study reveals more details on deadly flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower

By Alice Summers, 14 February 2019

The study showed that ACM cladding is 55 times more flammable than the least flammable panels, with the PIR insulation used behind it at Grenfell Tower giving off smoke that was 15 times more toxic than the less flammable alternatives.

Mass protests shut down Haiti

By John Marion, 14 February 2019

The protests, now called Pays Lock (Country Lock), have taken on the character of a general strike with the aim of shutting down the country until President Moïse resigns.

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

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

The fight against the witch hunt in the plantations is bound up with the defence of the democratic rights of the working class from the onslaught of the capitalist class.

Sri Lankan plantation companies rule out further wage increases after union sellout

Australian government loses vote on refugee medical evacuation legislation

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 February 2019

The bill entrenches the power of the minister to prevent detained refugees from travelling to Australia and receiving desperately needed medical care.

Steve McDowell, campaigner for Australian paramedic rights, speaks with WSWS

New Zealand government expands police training in schools

By Tom Peters, 14 February 2019

The Police Studies course is being increased as part of the Labour-led government’s policy of boosting police recruitment, instilling discipline, and controlling the increasingly restive working class.

New in Norwegian

Den iranske revolusjonen – Førti år senere

Keith Jones, 14. februar 2019

Det er det stalinistiske Tudeh-partiet og stalinisisk politikk som er hovedansvarlig for den tragiske avsporingen av Den iranske revolusjonen.

Nasjonal 24-timers streik i Belgia i går

Will Morrow, 14. februar 2019

Mens streiker og protester vokser over hele Europa er det voksende sinne blant belgiske arbeidere mot lave lønninger pålagt av statsdrevne forhandlinger mellom business og fagforbundene.

Tyskland: Sosialdemokratene moderniserer innstrammingene

Peter Schwarz, 14. februar 2019

SPD vedtok «Hartz IV»-lovene for 14 år siden, implementerte velferdsreformer og la grunnlaget for en enorm lavtlønnsektor og utbredt fattigdom.

Streikende arbeidere i Matamoros i Mexico støtter Detroit-demonstrasjonen mot oppsigelser i bilindustrien

14. februar 2019

I denne videoen melder streikende bildel-arbeidere ved Fisher-Dynamics-fabrikken i Matamoros i Mexico, sin støtte til sist helgs demonstrasjon kalt av Socialist Equality Party mot masseoppsigelser i den amerikanske bilindustrien.

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Une grève nationale de 24 heures paralyse la Belgique

Will Morrow, 14 février 2019

Alors que les grèves et manifestations s’étendent en Europe, la colère monte aussi parmi les travailleurs belges sur les bas salaires imposés dans les pourparlers entre entreprises et syndicats, encadrés par l’Etat.

La révolution iranienne – Quarante ans après

Keith Jones, 14 février 2019

Ce sont le parti stalinien Tudeh et la politique stalinienne qui ont été les principaux responsables du déraillement tragique de la révolution iranienne.

La recrudescence internationale des luttes de la classe ouvrière en 2019

Niles Niemuth, 14 février 2019

Cette année connaît une résurgence de la lutte de classe qui exprime l'unité objective des travailleurs dans toutes les régions du monde.

Contre la chasse aux sorcières #MeToo des Démocrates contre le lieutenant-gouverneur de Virginie, Justin Fairfax

Barry Grey, 14 février 2019

Une fois de plus, des allégations sexuelles non fondées et douteuses sont utilisées dans le cadre d'une opération #MeToo motivée par un programme politique de droite.

New in German

Vierzig Jahre seit der Iranischen Revolution

Keith Jones, 14. Februar 2019

Für die tragische Entgleisung der iranischen Revolution von 1979 war vor allem die Politik des Stalinismus und der stalinistischen Tudeh-Partei verantwortlich.

Zehntausende streiken in Berlin gegen schlechte Arbeitsbedingungen

unseren Reportern, 14. Februar 2019

Am Mittwoch beteiligten sich in Berlin zehntausende Beschäftigte des öffentlichen Dienstes an einem Warnstreik. Über 10.000 Menschen marschierten zum Brandenburger Tor.

Britischer Verteidigungsminister fordert größere „Reichweite und Letalität“ des Militärs nach dem Brexit

Robert Stevens, 14. Februar 2019

In einer Rede vor dem Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London unterbreitete der britische Verteidigungsminister Gavin Williamson am Montag Vorschläge für eine massive Eskalation des britischen Militarismus nach dem Brexit.

New in Spanish

La Revolución iraní—40 años después

Por Keith Jones, 14 feberero 2019

Fueron el Partido Tudeh estalinista y las políticas del estalinismo los principales responsables del trágico descarrilamiento de la Revolución iraní.

Los demócratas capitulan ante Trump, acuerdan la financiación del muro

Por Eric London, 14 feberero 2019

Como Trump estaba entregando otra diatriba fascista en la ciudad fronteriza de el Paso, Texas, los demócratas acordaron avanzar en su ofensiva contra los inmigrantes.

Simpatizantes y trabajadores automotores se manifiestan en Detroit para oponerse a cierres y despidos de GM

Por Niles Niemuth, 14 feberero 2019

Trabajadores automotores y simpatizantes de todo el Medio Oeste asistieron a una manifestación y reunión sábado organizado por el WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter y el Comité Directivo de la Coalición de Comités de Base.

Aparato sindical y Gobierno se movilizan para suprimir ola de paros en México

Por Andrea Lobo, 14 feberero 2019

Con la inspiración inmediata de la ola de huelgas salvajes de los trabajadores en las maquiladoras en Matamoros, México, la militancia y la oposición a los sindicatos y al Gobierno de AMLO están creciendo.

Alemania: los socialdemócratas modernizan la austeridad

Por Peter Schwartz, 14 feberero 2019

Hace catorce años, el Partido Socialdemócrata (SPD) aprobó las leyes Hartz IV, que implementó "reformas" de asistencia social y sentó las bases para un enorme sector de bajos salarios y una pobreza generalizada.

New in Portuguese

Halil Celik, um lutador pelo socialismo (1961 – 2018)

Por Peter Schwarz, 12 fevereiro 2019

Em 31 de dezembro de 2018, Halil Celik, fundador e líder do grupo Sosyalist Eşitlik, que apoia o Comitê Internacional da Quarta Internacional na Turquia, morreu de câncer aos 57 anos. Este obituário apresenta uma visão geral de sua vida.

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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.

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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 show trial of the Catalan nationalists and the far-right danger in Spain

14 February 2019

In line with official politics across Europe, the ruling class in Spain is moving to build a police state and defending the legacy of 20th century fascism.

Earlier Perspectives »

History

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.

The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2019

100 years since the Seattle General Strike—Part 2

By Kayla Costa, 12 February 2019

One hundred years since the Seattle General Strike

Arts Review

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

By Matthew Brennan, 14 February 2019

The now ubiquitous and mandatory theme of every awards show—identity politics—was on heavy display Sunday.

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

By Owen Mullan, 13 February 2019

Velvet Buzzsaw: The horror of the art world

Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage detained by ICE agents in “targeted operation”

February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

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

By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019

An op-ed piece in the Detroit Free Press by United Auto Workers President Gary Jones makes it clear that the union plans to use the threat to jobs to blackmail workers into accepting a new round of concessions in the 2019 contracts.

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

Commentary

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 14 February 2019

One year has passed since the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and sparked nationwide protests by students and youth against gun violence.

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

By Andrea Lobo, 12 February 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

The working class and socialism

Oppose the Democrats’ #MeToo witch-hunt against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2019

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

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

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Free Julian Assange!

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

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, 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 »

Obituary

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

By Fred Mazelis, 13 February 2019

Mehring Books

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

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

25 years ago: NATO sets bombing ultimatum in Bosnia

This week in 1994, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began a 10-day countdown to carry out airstrikes against Bosnian Serb forces, demanding they withdraw weapons and artillery from around the city of Sarajevo, capital of the former Yugoslav state of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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50 years ago: Police attack student demonstrations in US and Canada

Police and troops were mobilized this week across North America to attack protests against racism on college campuses.

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75 years ago: Stalin orders deportation of Caucasus nationalities

On February 11, 1944, the Politburo of the Soviet Union met to discuss the fate of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

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100 years ago: Ebert chosen as first president of German republic

On February 11, 1919, the National Assembly meeting in Weimar chose right-wing Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert as the first president of the newly formed German republic.

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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)

Workers Struggles

French “yellow vests” hold 13th protest against social inequality, police brutality

By Anthony Torres, 11 February 2019

The CGT’s “national strike”: French unions seek to strangle the “yellow vest” protests

More on the “yellow vests” protests in France »

UK rail workers demand reinstatement of conductor sacked for opposing Driver Only Operated trains

By our reporter, 11 February 2019

Strike action in the US hits a 32-year high

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2019

Matamoros Strike

As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
Canadian union leader postures as supporter of Matamoros strikers

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019

The US pseudo-left’s conspiracy of silence on the Matamoros workers’ rebellion

70,000 strike at US-Mexico border

Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

Watch: A Texas Amazon worker's message to Matamoros workers

"Attention striking workers in Matamoros: I want you to know we have heard your here in the United states. We are with you and we support you." Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

As strike expands in the maquiladoras
Mexican auto parts workers explain how they formed strike committees

By Andrea Lobo, 26 January 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

IYSSE

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

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at PSU, 31 January 2019

Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019

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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