Polish government vows to fight wage rises as teachers’ strike enters second week

By Clara Weiss, 17 April 2019

Both the Polish government and the ZNP union are trying to isolate the national teachers’ strike and keep it from sparking a broader movement of the working class.

The resurgence of the class struggle in Poland

Strike of 31,000 New England Stop & Shop workers in sixth day

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

Despite reporting profits of more than $2 billion last year, the multinational owner of Stop & Shop is seeking to drive down the wages and benefits of workers.

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

Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 April 2019

The extradition request is a pseudo-legal figleaf for an extraordinary rendition operation.

Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2019

The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

Thin layer of the UK population earn more than £150,000 per year

By Barry Mason, 17 April 2019

Over the last decade, the income and wealth of the affluent upper middle class has skyrocketed at the expense of the working class.

Over half of councils in England lose all government funding

By Margot Miller, 17 April 2019

Almost half of all local authorities will receive no central grant this year—10 times more than in 2017/2018 and three times more than last year.

New Zealand bus worker dies of stroke after corporate restructure

By our correspondent, 17 April 2019

Wellington bus controller Dmitri Edwards died following a “day from hell,” during which he had to make 85 changes to rosters and schedules.

New in French

«L'emprisonnement d'Assange est une attaque contre toute la classe ouvrière»
Les travailleurs américains exigent la libération de Julian Assange

Jerry White, 17 avril 2019

Les travailleurs aux États-Unis ont réagi avec indignation à l’emprisonnement de Julian Assange et les efforts du gouvernement Trump de s’emparer illégalement du fondateur de Wikileaks et de le soumettre à une détention, une possible torture et même la peine de mort.

Une assemblée de faillis politiques: Historical Materialism et Jacobin accueillent la conférence «Le socialisme de notre époque»

Joseph Kishore, 17 avril 2019

Un titre plus juste pour l'événement aurait été «La politique du Parti démocrate à notre époque» ou, peut-être, «Le socialisme pas maintenant, plutôt jamais». .

L'Équateur arrête un suédois lié à Assange sous la menace de mesures de répression

Bill Van Auken, 17 avril 2019

L'arrestation d'Ola Beni, effectuée sur la seule preuve de sa visite à Assange, indique que le gouvernement équatorien prépare une répression politique plus large.

Vingt ans depuis la mort du camarade Yabu Bilyana, trotskyste et travailleur aborigène australien

Linda Tenenbaum, 17 avril 2019

Le 5 avril 1999, Yabu Bilyana, le premier A borigène australien à rejoindre le Comité international de la Quatrième Internationale, est mort à l’âge de 54 ans. Cette notice nécrologique a été rédigée par Linda Tenenbaum, alors secrétaire nationale adjointe du Parti de l’égalité socialiste, et publiée par le WSWS le 7 avril 1999.

Message de condoléances de David North
«Il a basé sa vie sur les idéaux de justice, d’égalité et de solidarité humaine»

17 avril 2019

«S’il n’avait pas été si tragiquement handicapé par la maladie, Yabu aurait sans aucun doute joué un rôle majeur dans l’expansion de l’influence du Parti dans la classe ouvrière.»

Discours de Yabu Bilyana à la Conférence internationale du CIQI: «Le génocide des peuples aborigènes est toujours pratiqué dans toute l’Australie»

Yabu Bilyana, 17 avril 2019

Bilyana a dénoncé l’oppression continue de la population aborigène d’Australie et le blanchiment effectué par la Commission royale sur la mort des Noirs en détention.

New in Spanish

Una reunión de políticos en quiebra: revistas Historical Materialism y Jacobin auspician conferencia “El socialismo en nuestros días”

Por Joseph Kishore, 17 abril 2019

Un título más correcto habría sido, “La política del Partido Demócrata en nuestros días” o quizás “El socialismo, ni en nuestros días ni nunca”.

Día de declaración de impuestos en Estados Unidos de 2019: sesenta corporaciones gigantes pagan cero impuestos

Por Patrick Martin, 17 abril 2019

Como consecuencia del recorte de impuestos de Trump en 2017 para los ricos, el número de compañías Fortune 500 que no pagan impuestos federales sobre la renta se ha duplicado.

Provocaciones comunalistas, amenazas belicosas, promesas fraudulentas
La elección de la India desciende al lodo

por Keith Jones, 17 abril 2019

Con cada semana, la campaña electoral en la "democracia más grande" del mundo se vuelve más tóxica.

Apoya al Partido Socialista por la Igualdad en las elecciones federales de Australia de 2019
¡No al militarismo ni la guerra! ¡Por el socialismo y el internacionalismo!

Por el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Australia), 17 abril 2019

La cuestión vital que enfrenta la clase obrera no es el intento inútil de cambiar el parecer de las élites gobernantes en las casillas, sino el desarrollo de su propio movimiento político independiente por el socialismo.

New in Norwegian

«Fengslingen av Assange er et angrep på hele arbeiderklassen»
Amerikanske arbeidere krever løslatelse av Julian Assange

Jerry White, 17. april 2019

Arbeidere i USA har reagert med forferdelse på fengslingen av Julian Assange og Trumps administrasjons innsats for illegalt å pågripe Wikileaks-grunnlegger og gjøre ham til gjenstand for frihetsberøvelse, mulig tortur og til og med døden.

Ecuador arresterer svensk bekjent av Assange, under trusler om statlig tilslag

Bill Van Auken, 17. april 2019

Arresteringen av Ola Beni, utført med den eneste begrunnelsen at han har besøkt Assange, signalerer at den ekvadorianske regjeringen forbereder bredere politisk undertrykking.

Det australske politiske etablissement avviser oppfordringer om forsvar av Julian Assange

Mike Head, 17. april 2019

Både den regjerende Liberal-National-koalisjonen og opposisjonspartiet Labor Party fastholder sin støtte til Washingtons tiår lange operasjon for å få låst vekk Assange.

Den prominente WikiLeaks-supporteren Somerset Bean uttaler seg til forsvar for Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 17. april 2019

«Makta-som-rår ønsker å anvende forfølgelsen av en vellykket og effektiv utgiver som en advarsel til oss alle, om ikke å utfordre deres makt og deres forbrytelser.»

Kommunalistisk hetsing, krigerske trusler, falske løfter
Indias valg synker ned i gjørma

Keith Jones, 17. april 2019

Uke for uke blir valgkampen i verdens «største demokrati» stadig mer giftig.

New in German

Eine Konferenz politischer Bankrotteure: „Socialism in Our Time“ von Historical Materialism und Jacobin

Joseph Kishore, 17. April 2019

Ein passenderer Konferenztitel wäre gewesen: „Eine Politik für die Demokratische Partei in unserer Zeit“ oder vielleicht „Sozialismus weder heute noch in Zukunft“.

Pariser Kathedrale Notre-Dame von Großbrand verwüstet

Alex Lantier, 17. April 2019

Am Montagabend wurde Paris von einer hohen und dichten, gelblichen Rauchsäule aus der brennenden Kathedrale überschattet.

„Die herrschende Klasse wird wieder vom Gespenst des Sozialismus verfolgt“

Alex Lantier, 17. April 2019

Wir veröffentlichen hier den Beitrag, den Alex Lantier auf der Auftaktversammlung der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei zur Europawahl hielt im Wortlaut. Lantier ist nationaler Sekretär des Parti de l’égalité socialiste in Frankreich.

Ida Ehre Schule in Hamburg: Rot-grüner Senat als Handlanger der AfD

Sybille Fuchs, 17. April 2019

Der Hamburger Senat, eine Koalition aus SPD und Grünen, geht als verlängerter Arm der AfD gegen antifaschistische Schüler, Lehrer und Eltern vor.

Eine „beispielhafte Genossin“: Sylvia Callen, stalinistische Agentin, 40 Jahre lang von der Socialist Workers Party (USA) gedeckt
Teil 4

Eric London, 17. April 2019

Die vierteilige Serie untersucht, wie die Socialist Workers Party (SWP) ab 1947 Informationen vertuschte, die die Rolle von Sylvia Callen, der persönlichen Sekretärin des langjährigen Parteichefs James P. Cannon, als stalinistische Agentin aufdecken.

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 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

The burning of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

17 April 2019

The inferno was caused by a horrific breakdown of fire safety in restoration work, for which the French government and ruling elite bear the responsibility.

Earlier Perspectives »

Meeting Report

Over 140 attend lecture by Christoph Vandreier in Michigan on “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, and WSWS chairman David North related the arrest and persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the global turn to authoritarianism.

Free Assange and Manning

The media’s role in persecuting Julian Assange

By Andre Damon, 17 April 2019

The newspapers, the broadcast news, and, perhaps worst of all, the late-night talk shows have targeted crude insults against a persecuted man who cannot defend himself.

SEP and IYSSE in Sri Lanka rally to defend Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

Sri Lankan media outlets, including Veerakesari, Sri Lanka’s main Tamil-language daily newspaper, covered the SEP and IYSSE demonstration in Colombo.

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.

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.

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis speaks out for Assange

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

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

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

Ecuador arrests Swedish associate of Assange amid threat of crackdown

Australian political establishment rejects calls for defence of Julian Assange

Prominent WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean speaks out in defence of Assange

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

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

By Andrea Lobo, 17 April 2019

This is the fifth and concluding part of a series of articles on the wave of strikes carried out by maquiladora workers in the Mexican border town of Matamoros. The lessons of this struggle are essential for not only Mexican workers, but for workers internationally.

Commentary

Trump, the Fed and the New York Times

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2019

Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed after Wall Street last year experienced its worst December result since the depths of the Great Depression in 1931.

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

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2019

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

By Joseph Kishore, 16 April 2019

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

By Eric London, 15 April 2019

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

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

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 »

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 Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

By the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

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

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

Arts Review

Freep Film Festival 2019 in Detroit—Part 1
Glimpses of social life: The Feeling of Being Watched, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool and Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, among others

By David Walsh and Helen Halyard, 17 April 2019

The Detroit film festival organizers made an obvious effort to program works oriented toward contemporary reality and recent social history, including many of their difficult and painful aspects.

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

Workers Struggles

The political lessons of the University of Illinois graduate student strike

By Andy Thompson, 16 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

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.

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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