US Tax Day 2019: Sixty giant corporations pay zero income tax

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2019

As a consequence of Trump’s 2017 tax cut for the wealthy, the number of Fortune 500 companies paying no federal income taxes has doubled.

One year since Trump’s tax cuts: a balance sheet
Stock buybacks reach $1 trillion

What is to be done about the plutocrats?

Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris devastated by fire

By Alex Lantier, 16 April 2019

A tall column of thick, yellowish smoke that poured out of the cathedral, consumed by flames, cast a pall over the city of Paris Monday evening.

“The jailing of Assange is an attack on the entire working class”
US workers demand the release of Julian Assange

By Jerry White, 16 April 2019

Workers in the United States have reacted with outrage over the jailing of Julian Assange and the efforts of the Trump administration to illegally seize the WikiLeaks founder and subject him to detention, possible torture and even death.

Ecuador arrests Swedish associate of Assange amid threat of crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2019

The arrest of Ola Beni, carried out on the sole evidence of his having visited Assange, signals that the Ecuadorian government is preparing broader political repression.

Australian political establishment rejects calls for defence of Julian Assange

By Mike Head, 16 April 2019

Both the ruling Liberal-National Coalition and opposition Labor Party have doubled down on their support for Washington’s decade-long operation to lock Assange away.

Prominent WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean speaks out in defence of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2019

“The powers that be want to use the persecution of a successful and effective publisher as a warning to us all not to challenge their power and their crimes.”

Workers and youth speak out at SEP (Australia) rallies in defence of Assange

SEP (Australia) rallies demand freedom for Julian Assange

New Zealand rally demands freedom for Julian Assange

Youth at climate rally in Leeds, England speak out to defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 April 2019

WSWS reporters spoke about the arrest and imprisoning of Julian Assange with young people who attended last Friday’s rally against climate change in Leeds, England.

Protest outside London’s Belmarsh prison demands release of Julian Assange

Socialist Equality Party (UK) member Robert Stevens speaks at rally to demand release of Assange from Belmarsh prison

Supporters protesting outside Belmarsh prison speak out in defense of Julian Assange

UK Labour leads “rape” smears against Julian Assange demanding Swedish extradition

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Communalist taunts, bellicose threats, phony promises
India’s election descends into the mire

By Keith Jones, 16 April 2019

With each week, the election campaign in the world’s “largest democracy” grows more toxic.

Amidst mounting social opposition
Indian elite nervously prepares for national elections

Widodo predicted to be re-elected as Indonesian president

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2019

Tomorrow’s election involves carefully vetted candidates backed by rival factions of the Indonesian ruling class, none of whom represents the interests of workers and the rural poor.

Largest UK department store chain, Debenhams, goes into administration

By Barry Mason, 16 April 2019

Last year saw the loss of nearly 150,000 retail jobs with the closure of 20,000 shops and restaurants.

New in Russian

Национальная забастовка польских учителей продолжается пятый день

Клара Вайс, 16 апреля 2019 г.

Значительное большинство польских учителей продолжает забастовку, в то время как правительство отказывается идти на какие-либо уступки.

New in Turkish

Julian Assange’ın hayatı tehlikede

Eric London, 16 Nisan 2019

WikiLeaks’in kurucusu Julian Assange’ın Perşembe günü Londra’da tutuklanmasının ardından, ABD, Britanya ve Ekvador hükümetleri, bu ifşaatçının ABD’ye yasadışı teslimine olanak sağlamak için bir komplo düzenliyorlar.

Ulusal oportünist politikanın Latin Amerika’daki gerici rolü
WSWS, siyasi müflislerin Buenos Aires’deki konferansına katılmayı reddetti

Bill Van Auken, 16 Nisan 2019

Gerçekten devrimci bir uluslararası sosyalist önderlik inşa etmeye uğraşanlar, neden, Stalin’in “devrimci” rolünü överken Lev Troçki’nin ve Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in tarihsel mirasına aktif biçimde saldıranlar ile bir arada bulunmak istesinler?

New in Norwegian

Stopp den utenomjuridiske overføringen av Julian Assange!

Eric London, 16. april 2019

Det som blir presentert som en utleveringsanmodning fra USA er så lastet med ulovlighet at det ville være mer presis å kalle det en utenomjuridisk overføring.

«Det synes å være en klassekrig»
Chicago-Symphony-Orchestra-klarinettist John Bruce Yeh snakker om musikernes treik

George Marlowe, 16. april 2019

John Bruce Yeh, klarinettist og streikende musiker ved Chicago Symphony Orchestra, snakket om de vesentlige saksanliggendene i streiken, såvel som bredere spørsmål om sosial ulikhet og autoritært styre.

Storbritannias Labour fører an med «voldtekt»-bakvaskelser mot Julian Assange og krav om overføring til Sverige

Laura Tiernan, 16. april 2019

Dette er Blairistens svar på det globale offentlige ramaskriket over den brutale pågripelsen av Assange i den ekvadorianske ambassaden i London på torsdag.

Protest utenfor Londons Belmarsh fengsel med krav om løslatelse av Julian Assange

våre reportere, 16. april 2019

WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren har blitt holdt i maksimalsikkerhetsfengsel siden hans voldelige pågripelse og arrestering sist torsdag.

New in French

La cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris dévastée par un incendie

Alexandre Lantier, 16 avril 2019

Une plume d’épaisse fumée jaunâtre qui se dégageait de la cathédrale en feu dominait la ville de Paris hier soir.

Arrêtez le transfert extrajudiciaire de Julian Assange!

Eric London, 16 avril 2019

Ce qui est présenté comme une demande d'extradition par les États-Unis est d'une telle illégalité qu'il serait plus adapté de parler de transfert extrajudiciaire ou extraordinary rendition.

Le Parti travailliste endosse la diffamation de «viol» contre Julian Assange exigeant son extradition en Suède

Laura Tiernan, 16 avril 2019

C'est la réponse des blairistes à la colère publique mondiale au sujet de l’enlèvement brutal d’Assange de l’embassade équatorienne de Londres jeudi.

N’ayant pas dit un mot sur Assange, Bernie Sanders fait la promotion du nationalisme à un rassemblement au Michigan

Tom Hall, 16 avril 2019

Le silence de Sanders sur Assange témoigne de son soutien à la persécution de l'ancien éditeur de WikiLeaks.

Le rôle réactionnaire de la politique opportuniste nationale en Amérique latine
Le WSWS rejette l'invitation à la conférence des tendances politiques en faillite à Buenos Aires

Bill Van Auken, 16 avril 2019

La conférence de Buenos Aires a été appelée pour fonder «une nouvelle gauche» sans «aucune condition et contrainte venant des “Saintes Écritures”».

New in Spanish

¡Detengan la rendición extraordinaria de Julian Assange!

Eric London, 16 abril 2019

Lo que se presenta como una solicitud de extradición por parte de EUA está tan cargada de ilegalidad que sería más preciso describirlo como una rendición extraordinaria.

El músico y escritor mexicano Armando Vega Gil se suicida después de acusación de #MeToo

David Walsh, 16 abril 2019

Vega Gil, nacido en la Ciudad de México, fue bajista y cofundador de Botellita de Jerez, una de las bandas de rock and roll más influyentes de México. También fue autor de novelas, cuentos y volúmenes de poesía.

Trump, medios ultraderechistas ponen en la mira a Ilhan Omar

Patrick Martin, 16 abril 2019

La actual campaña de envilecimiento antimusulmán es una incitación a la violencia.

New in German

Stoppt die illegale Auslieferung von Julian Assange!

Eric London, 16. April 2019

Was von den USA als Auslieferungsersuchen vorgelegt wird, ist derart illegal, dass man eigentlich von einer „außerordentlichen Überstellung“ sprechen müsste.

Labour führt Hetzkampagne gegen Assange wegen angeblicher „Vergewaltigung“

Laura Tiernan, 16. April 2019

Das ist die Reaktion der Blairisten auf die weltweite öffentliche Empörung über Assanges brutale Verhaftung in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft am Donnerstag.

report-K interviewt Europawahlkandidaten der SGP

unserem Korrespondenten, 16. April 2019

Die digitale Lokalzeitung report-K sprach jeweils je 15 Minuten lang mit Elisabeth Zimmermann-Modler, Dietmar Gaisenkersting und Philipp Tenter über das sozialistische Programm der SGP und andere Themen.

„Die Gewerkschaften kümmern sich nicht um die Leiharbeiter“
Ein Gespräch mit einem Leiharbeiter aus Duisburg

Dietmar Gaisenkersting und Kandidat der SGP zur Europawahl, 16. April 2019

Fast jede dritte bei den Jobcentern gemeldete freie Stelle ist eine Stelle in der Leiharbeit, in der Niedriglöhne gezahlt werden.

New in Arabic

مائة عام على الأممية الشيوعية

بيتر شفارتز

قبل مائة عام ، بين 2-6 مارس 1919 عقد المؤتمر التأسيسي للأممية الشيوعية الثالثة في موسكو. وعلى الرغم من أن الرحلة كانت صعبة بسب الحرب الأهلية الشرسة والحصار الإمبريالي شارك 51 مندوب في المؤتمر وكان لدى 35 منهم حقوق كاملة في التصويت ومثلوا 17 منظمة ، و16 مندوب لهم صوت استشاري مثلوا 16 منظمة أخرى. وعلى مدى الأعوام التالية سينضم ملايين العمال من أصحاب الآراء الثورية حول العالم إلى الأحزاب الشيوعية وإلى الأممية الثالثة.

New in Portuguese

A descida da Líbia em direção à guerra civil: o fruto amargo do pró-imperialismo da pseudo-esquerda

Bill Van Auken, 15 Abril 2019

A escalada da guerra civil na Líbia serviu como mais uma demonstração do papel criminoso desempenhado pelos proponentes da pseudo-esquerda da intervenção imperialista “humanitária”.

New in Urdu

نیوزی لینڈ پر دہشتگردی کا حملہ اور فاشزم کا بین الاقوامی خطرہ

ٹوم پیٹر

مسلح شخص نے جو دہشتگردی کی کارروائی کی اْسے تیار کیاگیا تھا جسے فاشسٹوں کے بین الاقوامی نیٹ ورک اور سفید نسل پرستوں کی جانب سے عمل میں لایاگیا ۔

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Perspective

An assembly of political bankrupts: Historical Materialism and Jacobin host “Socialism in Our Time” conference

16 April 2019

A more accurate title for the event would have been, “Democratic Party Politics in Our Time,” or, perhaps, “Socialism not now, not ever.”

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics

By Eric London, 15 April 2019

The now defunct International Socialist Organization was funded by government-linked think tanks, wealthy Democrats and right-wing conservative groups.

Factional provocation, middle-class hysteria, and the collapse of the International Socialist Organization

Free Assange and Manning

Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!

By Eric London, 15 April 2019

What is being presented as an extradition request by the US is so loaded with illegality that it would be more precise to call it an extraordinary rendition.

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls urgent picket to defend Assange and Manning

16 April 2019

The protest called by the SEP and IYSSE will be held at 4 pm today at Fort Railway Station, Colombo.

Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams’ attack on WikiLeaks

By David North, 15 April 2019

We are reposting David North’s essay, first published over eight years ago, in defense of Julian Assange against efforts by the US media and government to discredit the WikiLeaks founder after the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs.

Bernie Sanders silent on Assange, vocal in promoting nationalism at Michigan rally

Julian Assange’s life is in danger

Free Julian Assange!

Worldwide outrage over arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis speaks out for Assange

Australian PM and Labor Party leader both reject any defence of Julian Assange

SEP (Australia) condemns the arrest of Julian Assange

Video: SEP (Australia) Assistant National Secretary Cheryl Crisp calls for defence of Assange

Westminster Magistrates Court
Former UK ambassador Craig Murray denounces arrest and conviction of Julian Assange

More on the campaign to free Assange and Manning »

Socialist Equality Party

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the 2019 Australian Federal Election
No to Militarism and War! For Socialism and Internationalism!

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

The vital issue facing the working class is not the futile attempt to change the mindset of the ruling elites through the ballot box, but the development of its own independent political movement for socialism.

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

The SEP is standing Senate groups in New South Wales and Victoria and running candidates in the House of Representatives’ electorates of Parramatta in Sydney, Calwell in Melbourne and Ipswich in Brisbane.

Twenty years since the death of Australian Trotskyist and Aboriginal worker, Comrade Yabu Bilyana

On April 5, 1999, Yabu Bilyana, the first indigenous Australian to join the International Committee of the Fourth International, died at the age of 54. This obituary was written by then Socialist Equality Party assistant national secretary, Linda Tenenbaum, and published by the WSWS on April 7, 1999.

Message of condolence from David North
“He based his life on the ideals of justice, equality and human solidarity”

Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”

Powerful start to German Socialist Equality Party campaign in European elections

By our reporters, 16 April 2019

On Sunday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) launched its campaign for the European elections at a meeting in Berlin. The speakers included leading members of the International Committee of the Fourth International in Britain and France in addition to leaders of the SGP.

Commentary

The reactionary role of national opportunist politics in Latin America
WSWS rejects invitation to conference of political bankrupts in Buenos Aires

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2019

The conference in Buenos Aires has been called to found “a new left” with “no strings attached and no constraints of any ‘holy scriptures.’”

College admissions scandal in the US: An inevitable product of malignant levels of social inequality

By David Walsh, 12 April 2019

Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2019

The dictatorial impulse behind Trump’s political purge

More on North American immigrant issues »

Libya’s descent into civil war: The bitter fruit of the pseudo-left's pro-imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2019

Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis

By Jerry White, 10 April 2019

Corruption probe engulfs top UAW executives

Workers Struggles

The political lessons of the University of Illinois graduate student strike

By Andy Thompson, 16 April 2019

The strike by 1,500 graduate students has come to an end with a totally inadequate agreement, raising important political lessons that must be assimilated in preparation for future struggles.

Mexican teachers protest while DHL and Amazon pilots protest stalled talks
Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 April 2019

Workers in a number of towns in Chiapas are protesting education “reforms” under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador while air cargo pilots protested outside Amazon’s offices in Florence, Kentucky.

31,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers strike at over 240 supermarkets in New England

By Kate Randall, 15 April 2019

“It seems to be class warfare”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh speaks on musicians strike

By George Marlowe, 15 April 2019

Chicago symphony musicians strike defies aristocratic principle

Arts Review

Mexican musician, writer Armando Vega Gil commits suicide after #MeToo allegation

By David Walsh, 15 April 2019

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush wins defamation lawsuit against Murdoch media

By Linda Tenenbaum, 12 April 2019

Ash is the Purest White: Finding one’s way in “the new ‘capitalist’ China”
And Working Woman from Israel

“Tarrafal Never Again!” exhibition in Lisbon exposes horrors of Portugal’s fascist concentration camp

25 years ago: Fascists enter Italian government for the first time since Mussolini

On April 16, 1994, members of Italy’s right-wing Freedom Alliance coalition were elected to head both houses of parliament.

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50 years ago: Gustáv Husák replaces Alexander Dubcek as head of Czechoslovak government

On April 17, 1969, the Central Committee of the Communist party of Czechoslovakia (KSC) voted to remove Alexander Dubcek as First Secretary.

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75 years ago: Amid series of offensives, Soviet troops capture Tarnopol

On April 15, 1944, Soviet troops expelled Nazi forces from Tarnopol, in German-occupied Poland.

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100 years ago: French sailors mutiny in the Black Sea

On April 19, 1919, sailors on the French battleship France, anchored near the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, revolted over orders to shovel 700 tons of coal during the Easter weekend.

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The Fight Against Fascism

Princeton University provides $300,000 in funding for right-wing historian and propagandist Jörg Baberowski

By David North, 10 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley

By Gabriel Black, 10 April 2019

“What will be required is a very high level of political and historical awareness”
David North appeals to readers to attend US meetings against fascism

SEP (US) National Chairman David North said, "The visit next month of Comrade Christoph Vandreier to the United States is simply the application of a strategy of the international organization of the working class against the fascist threat. They will not conquer again, we can be certain of that."

David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

2 April 2019

“In order to fight fascism, we must understand where it comes from.”
Author Christoph Vandreier to tour US

Christoph Vandreier, author of the newly released book Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany, explains the importance of his upcoming speaking tour in the US.

Australian intelligence chief says no need for “reset” after New Zealand fascist attack

By Mike Head, 13 April 2019

Science

First imagery of black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 11 April 2019

The results from the planet-wide array of radio telescopes are the first direct measurements of the structure of a black hole and its surrounding environment.

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

History

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee and SEP hold powerful conference

By our correspondents, 20 March 2019

Support grows for Sri Lankan plantation workers’ conference

Socialist Equality Party of Germany certified to stand in European elections

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian Trotskyists hold Kolkata public meeting to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 13 March 2019

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

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

History of the ICFI

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.

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)

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

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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