Trump escalates war threats after drone shootdown over Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2019

The New York Times reported that the American president authorized military strikes against Iran on Thursday before unexpectedly cancelling them.

Growing war danger as Pentagon presents new “evidence” Iran struck tankers

Washington pushes to the brink of war with Iran

EU powers build joint “Future Combat Air System”
European Union rearms for World War III

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2019

At the Le Bourget air show the defence ministers of Germany, France and Spain signed major agreements to develop a joint European air combat system.

Less than three months to Big Three auto contract expiration
UAW sabotages strike by Faurecia auto parts workers in Michigan

By Marcus Day and Tim Rivers, 21 June 2019

The United Auto Workers shut down a powerful strike by auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan just hours after it began Friday morning claiming it had a contract settlement, but revealing no details.

As contract talks set to begin
GM throws down gauntlet to autoworkers

By Jerry White, 21 June 2019

The industry publication Automotive News says the automaker will demand the hiring of more low paid temps and cuts to existing health care benefits.

A call to action
Autoworkers must take contract fight into their own hands!

Biden under fire over comments about working with segregationist senators

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2019

The controversy has put the spotlight on the role of Southern Democrats in defending racial discrimination well into the 1970s.

US names Taiwan a “country,” stoking tensions with China

By Robert Campion, 21 June 2019

Washington deepens ties with Taipei in preparation for war against mainland China.

Further Hong Kong protests planned against extradition law

Mass protests erupt in Hong Kong

Conservative Party leadership contest
Boris Johnson poised to replace May as UK prime minister

By Robert Stevens, 21 June 2019

The contest between Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will now be decided by the Tories’ 160,000 members, who will vote in a postal ballot, with the winner to be announced the week of July 22.

“Sully” Sullenberger testifies that the 737 Max 8 was “fatally flawed”

By Bryan Dyne, 21 June 2019

The airline captain’s statement to Congress exposed the negligence of Boeing and questioned the relationship between the company and regulatory agencies.

Unreported releases from coal ash ponds may be more widespread in US than previously known

By John Ashbrook, 21 June 2019

Millions of people are potentially exposed to toxic coal ash, which can cause bone cancers, leukemia and nervous system and brain damage.

Striking Chilean copper miners defy police violence

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019

Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.

Whitewashing Canadian capitalism’s crimes:
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s inquiry issues final report

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 June 2019

The MMIW report shifts the blame for the oppression of the native people from Canadian capitalism and its state to a racist “colonialist” mindset and “white society.”

Australian Labor Party leader determined to expel building union official

By Mike Head, 21 June 2019

Corporate outlets have declared that John Setka’s removal is the first “test” of Anthony Albanese’s leadership in turning Labor further to the right.

New in Norwegian

For en verdensomspennede kampanje for å forhindre Julian Assanges overføring til USA!
For etableringen av en Global forsvarskomité for å sikre hans frihet!

21. juni 2019

Det må organiseres en internasjonal massebevegelse for å få stoppet utleveringen av Julian Assange til USA.

Trump sparker igang 2020-presidentvalgkampen med fascistisk kampanjesamling
Mens Biden lover beskyttelse for milliardærer

Patrick Martin, 21. juni 2019

Trump har én politisk fordel: at hans nominelle opposisjon er Det demokratisk partiet, like forpliktet til forsvar av big business som republikanerne er.

Professor Stuart Rees skal tale på SEP-samling til forsvar for Julian Assange

21. juni 2019

«Samlingen må øke allmennhetens bevissthet om den opprørende urettferdigheten dersom Julian skulle bli utlevert til USA for å møte en mulig fengselsdom på 170 år.»

Obama fikk $ 600 000 for én enkelt kveldstale

Trévon Austin, 21. juni 2019

Den tidligere presidentens karriere etter Det hvite hus, som kamerat av foretakseliten, eksemplifiserer svingdørrelasjonen mellom den amerikanske regjeringen og privatsektoren.

New in French

Trump donne le coup d'envoi de la campagne présidentielle 2020 avec un rassemblement fascisant
Et Biden s'engage à protéger les milliardaires

Patrick Martin, 21 juin 2019

Trump a un avantage politique: le fait que sa supposée opposition soit le Parti démocrate, tout aussi engagé dans la défense des grandes entreprises que les républicains.

Pour une campagne mondiale contre la restitution de Julian Assange aux Etats-Unis! Pour la formation d'un Comité de Défense Global pour assurer sa liberté!
Déclaration du Comité éditorial international du World Socialist Web Site

21 juin 2019

Il est à présent essentiel d’organiser un mouvement international de masse pour bloquer l’extradition de Julian Assange vers les États-Unis.

De nouvelles «preuves» du Pentagone que l'Iran aurait attaqué des pétroliers attisent le danger de guerre

Bill Van Auken, 21 juin 2019

Des témoignages de hauts responsables du gouvernement suggèrent que Trump s’apprête à invoquer l’Autorisation pour l’usage de force militaire datant des attentats du 11-Septembre pour attaquer l’Iran.

Ouvriers et «gilets jaunes» soutiennent la lutte pour libérer Julian Assange

Will Morrow, 21 juin 2019

Depuis deux semaines, le Parti de l’égalité socialiste fait campagne à Paris pour sa réunion publique en défense de Julian Assange et de Chelsea Manning, ce dimanche.

Terry Renshaw, des «24 de Shrewsbury»: «Seul le pouvoir de la classe ouvrière, pas les tribunaux officiels, peut rendre possible la libération de Julian Assange.»

21 juin 2019

L’ancien travailleur de la construction explique: «Pour défendre des prisonniers de la guerre des classes comme Julian Assange, il faut lutter pour sensibiliser et mobiliser les masses.»

Washington menace de punir Ankara pour l’achat de missiles russes S-400
Le conflit entre les États-Unis et la Turquie au point de rupture

Ulas Atesci, 21 juin 2019

L’achat du S-400 d’Ankara est l’étincelle qui menace de faire éclater les divergences géopolitiques plus importantes et insolubles avec Washington, y compris au sujet de l’effort de guerre américain contre l’Iran.

New in German

Gemeinsames europäisches Luftkampfsystem
Europäische Union bereitet sich auf Dritten Weltkrieg vor

Johannes Stern, 21. Juni 2019

Auf der Luftfahrtmesse in Le Bourget unterzeichneten die Verteidigungsministerinen Deutschlands, Frankreichs und Spaniens weitgehende Vereinbarungen zur Entwicklung eines europäischen Luftkampfsystems.

Trump beginnt Präsidentschaftswahlkampf für 2020 mit faschistischer Kundgebung
Während Biden Milliardären Schutz zusichert

Patrick Martin, 21. Juni 2019

Trump hat einen politischen Vorteil: die offizielle Opposition ist die Demokratische Partei, und die verteidigt das Großkapital genauso entschieden wie die Republikaner.

Mord an Lübcke: Wer waren die Hintermänner?

Peter Schwarz, 21. Juni 2019

Im Fall Lübcke häufen sich Hinweise, dass ein Neonazi-Netzwerk mit Verbindungen zum Staat hinter der Ermordung des Kasseler Regierungspräsidenten steckt.

Neue „Beweise“ des Pentagon für iranischen Angriff auf Tanker erhöhen die Kriegsgefahr

Bill Van Auken, 21. Juni 2019

Regierungsvertretern zufolge soll die Ermächtigung zum Einsatz militärischer Gewalt, die nach dem 11. September 2001 erlassen wurde, für einen Angriff auf den Iran benutzt werden.

New in Spanish

¡Por una campaña mundial para prevenir la rendición de Julian Assange a EUA!
¡Por la formación de un Comité Global de Defensa para garantizar su libertad!

Consejo Editorial Internacional del World Socialist Web Site, 21 junio 2019

Un movimiento de masas internacional debe ser organizado para detener la extradición de Julian Assange a Estados Unidos.

Washington presiona al borde de guerra con Irán

Bill Van Auken, 21 junio 2019

Detrás de las espaldas de la clase obrera estadounidense, Washington está preparando una guerra con consecuencias catastróficas para el pueblo tanto en Irán como EUA y el resto del mundo.

Trump inicia su campaña presidencial de 2020 con un mitin fascistizante
Mientras Biden se compromete a proteger a los multimillonarios

Patrick Martin, 21 junio 2019

Trump tiene una ventaja política: su oposición nominal es el Partido Demócrata, el cual está igual de comprometido que los republicanos con la defensa de la gran patronal.

Sindicatos brasileños sabotean huelga general de un día

Miguel Andrade, 21 junio 2019

Despúes de decirle a los trabajadores que se quedaran “en casa” durante la huelga general, funcionarios sindicales defendieron abiertamente la reforma reaccionaria de las pensiones que Bolsonaro mandó al Congreso.

Mientras Washington amenaza con castigar a Ankara por la compra del misil ruso S-400
El conflicto entre Estados Unidos y Turquía se acerca al punto de ruptura

Ulas Atesci, 21 junio 2019

La compra del S-400 por parte de Ankara es un punto crítico para diferencias geopolíticas más significativas e intrincadas con Washington, también por el impulso bélico de los EUA contra Irán.

New in Portuguese

Minissérie sobre o desastre nuclear de 1986
Chernobyl da HBO: A classe trabalhadora soviética paga pelos crimes do stalinismo

Por Andrea Peters, 20 Junho 2019

O diretor Johan Renck e o roteirista Craig Mazin capturam a realidade da explosão de um dos reatores da usina nuclear, que lançou material radioativo em grandes áreas do oeste da URSS e da Europa.

New in Turkish

Washington İran ile savaşın eşiğinde

Bill Van Auken, 20 Haziran 2019

ABD’nin İran ile cepheleşmesi, dünyayı, yıkıcı bir küresel çatışmaya, 1962’deki Küba Füze Krizi’nden bu yana hiç olmadığı kadar yaklaştırmış durumda.

New in Chinese

在五四运动一百周年之际向中国的工人与青年问候致意

Peter Symonds, 2019年6月18日

在2019年的五一国际劳动节,第四国际国际委员会(the International Committee of the Fourth International)在五四运动一百周年之际向中国的工人与青年致以问候。这场运动标志着反对帝国主义的抗争迎来了一个历史性的转折点。

New in Bengali

ভারতের জাতীয় নির্বাচনে বিপর্যয়ের মুখোমুখি স্তালীনপন্থী সি-পি-এম এবং সি-পি-আই

-দীপাল জয়শেখরা, ২৭ মে ২০১৯

ভারতের হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি)-র নেতৃত্বাধীন সরকারের বিরুদ্ধে এবং তিন দশকের "বাজারমুখী" সংস্কারের ফলে হওয়া ক্ষতির বিরুদ্ধে যখন শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর বিরোধীতা ক্রমে বেড়ে চলেছে, তখন ভারতের প্রধান স্তালীনন্থী দলগুলি - ভারতীয় কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি (মার্কসবাদী) বা সিপিএম এবং তার ছোট কিন্তু তার চেয়ে পুরোনো শরিক ভারতীয় কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি বা সিপিআই নির্বাচনে এক হতাশাজনক ফল করেছে।

ভারতের নির্বাচন এবং কঠোরতা, যুদ্ধ এবং সাম্প্রদায়িক প্রতিক্রিয়ার বিরোধীতা করার জন্য বৈপ্লবিক কর্মসূচি

কিথজোন্‌স্‌, ৮ মে ২০১৯

ভারতের বহু-পর্যায়ের কেন্দ্রীয় নির্বাচনের প্রচার এক ভয়াবহ দৃশ্যদূষণে পরিণত হয়েছে।

New in Russian

Миллионы протестуют в Гонконге против закона об экстрадиции

Бен Макграт, 19 июня 2019 г.

Огромная демонстрация в воскресенье является признаком массового недовольства в Гонконге не только в отношении демократических прав, но и по поводу растущего социального кризиса в городе.

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Perspective

Why are reparations for slavery being made an issue in the 2020 US elections?

21 June 2019

At a time when social inequality is motivating a growing movement of workers and youth, race is being brought forward to divert opposition to capitalism and attempt to block growing interest in socialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange’s rendition to the US!
For the formation of a Global Defense Committee to secure his freedom!

Statement of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 20 June 2019

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities

By Monika Eisenhauer, 21 June 2019

The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.

London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn’s Constituency Labour Party
“This is not a time for fence-sitting”

By our reporters, 21 June 2019

The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange

By our reporters, 21 June 2019

The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.

Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange

20 June 2019

John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange

French workers, “yellow vest” protesters support fight to free Julian Assange

By Will Morrow, 19 June 2019

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

SEP Australia meetings on Labor’s election debacle and the defence of Assange

Free Julian Assange! Free Chelsea Manning!
Attend UK public meetings to demand freedom of Assange and Manning!

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Workers Struggles

Italian and French dockers refuse to load ship to protest Saudi Arabia war in the Yemen; UK Bridgend Ford workers strike vote against closure
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 June 2019

Protests against the Saudi war in Yemen continued by French and Italian dockworkers, while Ford workers in Britain voted 83 percent for strike action against threats to shutter the facility.

Brazilian unions sabotage one-day general strike

By Miguel Andrade, 20 June 2019

Toledo Mercy Health nurses vote down UAW sellout

By Shannon Jones, 19 June 2019

Vote no to union sellout of New Zealand teachers! Mobilise the working class against the Ardern Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 June 2019

Commentary

UK sociologist Noah Carl and the cultivation of the far right in academia

By Thomas Scripps, 20 June 2019

Trump kicks off 2020 presidential campaign with fascistic rally
While Biden pledges to protect billionaires

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2019

Trump announces operation to deport “millions” of immigrants from the US

By Niles Niemuth, 19 June 2019

Mexican government cracks down on immigrants to consummate deal with Trump

Obama paid $600,000 for a single speech

By Trévon Austin, 20 June 2019

As Washington threatens to punish Ankara over Russian S-400 missile purchase
US-Turkey conflict nears breaking point

By Ulas Atesci, 20 June 2019

The murder of German politician Walter Lübcke: A warning

By Peter Schwarz, 19 June 2019

A letter to the New York Times on the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany

“Dictatorships as alternative orders”: Not on our watch
Berlin’s Humboldt University plans to finance right-wing think tank

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2019

Arts Review

Minding the Gap: Skateboarding to “get away” in decayed Rockford, Illinois

By Frank Anderson and George Marlowe, 20 June 2019

Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die: Not awake in his own particular way

By Joanne Laurier, 19 June 2019

The Grenfell Inferno

Grenfell fire anniversary used by pseudo-left to boost Labour and Corbyn

By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2019

“Everyone is fighting for justice, not only for the people for Grenfell Tower, but all the people around the world”
Family members and supporters of Grenfell fire victims speak to the WSWS

By our reporters, 17 June 2019

25 years ago: The frame-up trial of Jerry Dale Lowe

The frame-up trial of West Virginia coal miner Jerry Dale Lowe extended throughout this week in 1994, in the US District Court in Charleston.

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50 years ago: Students for a Democratic Society breaks up at final convention

The American radical student group Students for a Democratic Society broke up into warring factions at its ninth and final congress, held in Chicago June 18-22, 1969.

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75 years ago: Red Army launches new offensive in Belarussia

On June 23, 1944, the Soviet Army launched a major offensive against Nazi troops in Belarussia, modern-day Belarus.

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100 years ago: Orlando government resigns in Italy

On June 19, 1919, the Italian government of Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, in power since October 1917, resigned amid a growing political and economic crisis.

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Investigative Report

US flight attendants speak out over uniforms that cause illness

By Brian Brown and Tom Hall, 12 June 2019

History

The Tiananmen Square massacre, 30 years on

By Peter Symonds, 8 June 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan workers need a socialist program to defeat Colombo’s police-state preparations

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 June 2019

Mehring Books

Available in English and Spanish
New pamphlet on Matamoros wildcat strikes

6 June 2019

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the publication of a new pamphlet, The 2019 workers’ rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico by WSWS writer Andrea Lobo.

Matamoros workers run for office: The political questions

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

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

The Fight Against Fascism

Successful book presentation of Why Are They Back? at the Heinrich Böll Library in Berlin

By our reporter, 30 May 2019

“The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
Video: Christoph Vandreier’s full lecture at Wayne State

By Christoph Vandreier, 21 May 2019

The WSWS makes the full recording of Vandreier’s April 11, 2019 lecture available.

The Social Crisis in America

Kalamazoo, Michigan: “I don’t like the idea of selling my blood plasma for money, but I have to do what I’ve got to do”
US blood plasma industry targets poor and working class

By Carlos Delgado, 28 May 2019

“It feels like your whole life is a constant crisis”
US millennials describe life on the brink

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 May 2019

The millennial generation in the US: Life on the brink

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

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

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