Horror across US-Mexico border with multiple parents, infants dead

By Eric London, 25 June 2019

Over the weekend, two young parents and four young children died crossing the desert in separate instances while Mexican police shot a young migrant in the head.

Trump, Democrats seek anti-immigrant deal

Report highlights mistreatment of refugee children in US internment camps

More on the attack on immigrants in the US »

Severe water shortage afflicts Chennai, India’s fourth-largest metro area

By Arun Kumar, 25 June 2019

While the authorities have sought to blame the crisis on the failure of the monsoon, the real cause of the acute water shortage is the criminal indifference of successive central and state governments to people’s basic needs.

“Water has been made a commodity for profit”—Chennai residents speak out on city’s water crisis

By a WSWS Reporting Team, 25 June 2019

WSWS reporters spoke with workers and other impoverished residents of Chennai about the severe water crisis afflicting India’s fourth largest metropolitan area.

Trump imposes new sanctions amid continuing war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 25 June 2019

The latest sanctions, largely symbolic, do little except escalate tensions as the threat of armed conflict remains on a hair trigger.

Assange legal advisor: Pentagon spearheaded pursuit of WikiLeaks founder

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2019

Geoffrey Robertson’s statement is another demonstration that Assange would not receive anything resembling a fair trial if he were extradited to the US.

Pete Buttigieg’s town hall debacle: A Democratic Party “golden boy” unmasked

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 June 2019

Working class residents of South Bend, Indiana, heckled Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the city’s mayor, as he stammered through empty promises to address police brutality.

Oregon legislature shut down by right-wing militia threats

By Kayla Costa, 25 June 2019

The Oregon State Capitol building in Salem was shut down after right-wing militias made violent threats in defense of 11 Republican senators who fled the state to prevent a vote on a carbon-emissions bill.

Explosion and fire at Philadelphia refinery as company puts profits over safety

By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2019

The massive explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery are the direct result of the criminal drive for profits at the expense of the safety of the workers and the collaboration of the USW with the company.

US schools erecting a massive digital surveillance infrastructure, choking dissent and free speech

By Doug Martin, 25 June 2019

Millions of young people across the US are facing intrusive surveillance of their social media use, emails and online searches from their schools, increasingly trampling upon their civil liberties, freedom of speech and rights to privacy.

Why is the US government using social media to monitor the public?

UK: Domestic row seized on in effort to block Boris Johnson premiership

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 June 2019

Reports indicate that up to 12 Tory MPs are contemplating voting against a government led by Johnson if a no-confidence motion is brought by the Labour Party.

Chinese and North Korean leaders pledge closer links at Pyongyang summit

By Ben McGrath, 25 June 2019

The United States will not welcome closer relations between the two Stalinist regimes as it tries to pull the North into its own orbit.

Australian Labor Party embraces huge tax cuts for richest 5 percent

By Mike Head, 25 June 2019

Labor has signalled its readiness to accept, directly or indirectly, the government’s plan to slash income taxes for those receiving more than $200,000 a year.

Australian Labor MPs push for huge tax cuts for wealthy

Students and staff to protest imposition of trimesters at Australian university

By Martin Scott, 25 June 2019

The University of New South Wales management has put commercial interests ahead of education.

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Por uma campanha mundial para impedir a rendição de Julian Assange aos EUA! Pela formação de um Comitê Global de Defesa para garantir sua liberdade!

Declaração do Conselho Editorial Internacional do World Socialist Web Site, 25 Junho 2019

Um movimento de massas internacional deve ser organizado para impedir a extradição de Julian Assange aos EUA.

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Straffende bøter truer varsleren Chelsea Manning med konkurs

Oscar Grenfell, 25. juni 2019

Manning holdes fengslet for forakt for retten og blir nå bøtlagt med $ 500 dagen for at hun nekter å vitne for en storjury med formål å pønske ut anklager mot Julian Assange og WikiLeaks.

Fire menn anklaget for mord basert på fordreid MH-17-etterforskning

Clara Weiss, 25. juni 2019

Anklagene mot pro-Moskva separatister ble fremlagt basert på en «etterforskning» påvirket av det ukrainske regimet, som ikke produserte noe bevis for russisk involvering i nedskytingen av Malaysian Airlines MH-17.

Minutter før katastrofe: Lærdommer å trekke fra konfrontasjonen med Iran

Andre Damon, 25. juni 2019

På torsdag kom USA innen minutter av å starte en krig uten noen seriøs vurdering av dens militære konsekvenser.

Kampanje til forsvar for historisk serie av fresker i San Franscisco over «Washingtons liv»

25. juni 2019

Undervisningsrådet i San Francisco vurderer å ødelegge eller tildekke en serie av 13 fresker over George Washingtons liv ved en lokal hugh school. WSWS snakket med historieprofessor emeritus Robert Cherny om saken.

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Trump aggrave les menaces de guerre après qu’un drone américain est abattu sur l’Iran

Bill Van Auken, 25 juin 2019

Le New York Times a rapporté que le président américain a autorisé des frappes militaires contre l'Iran jeudi avant de les annuler de manière inattendue.

Les dirigeants de l'Organisation socialiste internationale dissoute adoptent ouvertement les politiques du Parti démocrate

David Walsh, 25 juin 2019

La disparition de l'ISO a permis aux dirigeants et aux membres en général de s'intégrer plus fermement et plus résolument dans le cadre de la politique bourgeois.

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Lübcke-Mord: Bundesregierung heuchelt Opposition gegen rechts

Johannes Stern, 25. Juni 2019

Nachdem sie tagelang geschwiegen hatten, versuchten sich führende Regierungsvertreter am Wochenende wenig überzeugend als Vorkämpfer gegen neonazistische Terrornetzwerke darzustellen.

Haarscharf an der Katastrophe vorbei: Lehren aus der Konfrontation mit dem Iran

Andre Damon, 25. Juni 2019

Am Donnerstag vergangener Woche standen die Vereinigten Staaten unmittelbar davor, einen Krieg vom Zaun zu brechen, ohne die militärischen Folgen zu bedenken.

Türkei
Niederlage für AKP bei der Neuwahl des Istanbuler Bürgermeisters

Ulas Atesci, 25. Juni 2019

AKP-Kandidat Binali Yıldırım gestand am Sonntagabend seine Niederlage ein. Zuvor hatte die AKP nach einer knappen Niederlage den ersten Wahlgang am 31. März für ungültig erklären lassen.

Prag: 300.000 demonstrieren gegen Regierungschef

Markus Salzmann, 25. Juni 2019

Auf der größten Demonstration in der Tschechischen Republik seit der sogenannten Samtenen Revolution von 1989 forderten die Teilnehmer den Rücktritt von. Andrej Babiš.

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Trump y los demócratas persiguen un acuerdo antiinmigrante

Patrick Martin, 25 junio 2019

La postergación de los allanamientos masivos planeados para el domingo en la mañana prepara la aprobación de leyes que proveen miles de millones de dólares más para arrestar y encarcelar inmigrantes.

Enorme apagón afecta a cincuenta millones de personas en Argentina y Uruguay

Rafael Azul, 25 junio 2019

La red eléctrica atraviesa décadas de inatención, a pesar de enormes subsidios y aumentos de tarifas.

¿Por qué está utilizando las redes sociales el Gobierno estadounidense para monitorear al público?

Kevin Reed, 25 junio 2019

La denuncia de New Sanctuary Coalition y otros grupos dice que ICE marcó a individuos específicos para su deportación para suprimir su discurso político.

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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

The Lübcke murder and the return of the “Nazi problem” in Germany

25 June 2019

The far-right murder of German politician Walter Lübcke has exposed the dirty truth of German politics: Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II and the downfall of Hitler’s Third Reich, Germany once again has a real Nazi problem.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

Parti de l’égalité socialiste meeting in Paris demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 25 June 2019

The meeting came three days after the World Socialist Web Site issued a call to build a Global Defense Committee fighting for Assange’s freedom.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) calls rally to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 25 June 2019

Support the SEG’s rally on Sunday July 14 as part of the international campaign to demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea 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

Punitive fines threaten whistleblower Chelsea Manning with bankruptcy

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 June 2019

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities

By Monika Eisenhauer, 21 June 2019

The Guardian’s direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed

By Thomas Scripps, 22 June 2019

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

11 June 2019

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured Commentary

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

By David Walsh, 24 June 2019

The demise of the ISO has permitted leading figures and the membership generally to integrate themselves more firmly and decisively into the bourgeois political set-up.

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

Minutes to disaster: Lessons to be learned from the confrontation with Iran

By Andre Damon, 24 June 2019

On Thursday, the United States came within minutes of launching a war, without any serious examination of its military consequences.

Autoworkers Struggles

Vote “No” on UAW sellout agreement!
Build rank-and-file committees to unite Faurecia and all autoworkers in a national strike

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 June 2019

The following statement is being distributed to auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan who will be voting Thursday on a contract that maintains poverty wages and sweatshop conditions.

Faurecia and Ford workers denounce UAW sabotage of auto parts strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 June 2019

After Bridgend strike vote in opposition to plant closure
Ford workers in Wales must adopt an international strategy

By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2019

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

Artists, writers, film scholars protest Bowling Green State University decision to remove Lillian Gish’s name

By David Walsh, 25 June 2019

More than 50 filmmakers, actors, writers, academics and film scholars have signed a petition urging Bowling Green State University in Ohio to restore the names of famed actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish to its film theater.

Campaign to defend historic, Depression-era “Life of Washington” murals in San Francisco

24 June 2019

The San Francisco Board of Education is considering either destroying or covering over a series of 13 frescoes on the life of George Washington at a local high school. The WSWS spoke to professor emeritus of history Robert Cherny about the issue.

San Francisco Board of Education to decide on the fate of historic murals said to be “offensive”

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

Commentary

The significance of Trump’s awarding of the Freedom Medal to Arthur Laffer

By Nick Beams, 25 June 2019

The fact that Laffer’s theories were exposed as economic nonsense from the outset did not in any way lessen their influence because they encapsulated the unrelenting drive for increased wealth that has dominated the ruling elite over the past four decades.

Trump’s aborted strikes on Iran: Ten minutes to World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 22 June 2019

Trudeau lines Canada up behind Trump’s war drive against Iran

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

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos

More on US militarism »

Turkey’s ruling AKP defeated in re-run of İstanbul mayoral election

By Ulas Atesci, 24 June 2019

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

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2019

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

By Niles Niemuth, 21 June 2019

Biden under fire over comments about working with segregationist senators

More on US politics »

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

By Thomas Scripps, 20 June 2019

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

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

More on the fight against fascism »

Workers Struggles

One-day general strike in Peru, Chilean teachers continue strikes and protests
Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 June 2019

Various union organizations held a one-day nationwide strike in Chile in June to protest regressive economic legislation, while educators across Peru are continuing strikes and protests over pay, working conditions and ongoing privatizations.

Anger and disgust over UAW betrayal of Mercy St. Vincent nurses strike in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2019

Toledo Mercy Health nurses vote down UAW sellout

As Trump ramps up trade war, US Steel to idle three blast furnaces in the US and Europe

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 June 2019

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians locked out

By Harvey Simpkins, 22 June 2019

25 years ago: US government reopens Guantanamo Bay prison for Haitian refugees

On June 27, 1994, the US Coast Guard intercepted and detained over 1,300 Haitian refugees fleeing north in small boats across the ocean towards Florida, the largest number in a year.

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50 years ago: Gays clash with police outside Stonewall Inn in New York City

On the night of June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn and residents of the Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City clashed with police after a raid on the bar, known for openly serving gay, lesbian, and transgender customers.

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75 years ago: Copenhagen workers battle Nazi occupation

On June 26, 1944, opposition to the German occupation forces exploded in Copenhagen as workers launched strikes and demonstrations against Nazi executions, including a death sentence against 13 railway workers in Jutland.

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100 years ago: Signing of the Treaty of Versailles

On June 28, 1919, the fifth anniversary of the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the political spark for the First World War, the German delegation to the Paris Peace Conference put its signature to the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, outside Paris.

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Science

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 June 2019

The accelerating rate of ice melting occurring around the world is a grave warning that climate change is rapidly reaching the point at which its catastrophic consequences will be felt by billions of people.

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

More on the Grenfell Tower Fire »

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.

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.