Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech

By Tom Hall, 5 July 2019

Trump’s hour-long paean to the military was designed to further elevate the military as the supreme arbiter of American politics and buttress of his own personalist rule.

Fourth of July 2019: Militarism and the specter of dictatorship

“We can definitely unite with Central American workers!”
Detroiters oppose Trump’s war on immigrants at Fourth of July protest

By Zac Corrigan, 5 July 2019

Over 150 people gathered in front of the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations Field Office in downtown Detroit Thursday to register their opposition to the most recent wave of horrific attacks on immigrants by the Trump administration.

Thousands protest immigrant concentration camps across US

Latest Office of Inspector General report reveals inhumane conditions at US immigrant detention centers

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Fourteen high-ranking Russian navy officers die in fire on nuclear-powered submarine

By Clara Weiss, 5 July 2019

The submarine disaster is a chilling reminder of the advanced state of the preparations for world war.

Facebook planning to ban ads which discourage voting in US elections

By Kevin Reed, 5 July 2019

The new policy is a further expansion of Facebook’s censorship of left-wing and oppositional political views on its platforms.

Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2019

Nurses who struck for six weeks are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of the UAW, which scabbed on their strike and then rammed through a rotten agreement.

Deadly Legionella bacteria found at Ford Dearborn Truck plant

By George Kirby, 5 July 2019

While Ford and the UAW have downplayed the finding, claiming the amounts are small, the CDC says there is no safe level of the bacteria.

Over 20 percent of homeless residents in Chicago are employed, with many holding a college degree

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 July 2019

The latest report by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless blows apart the myth that by working hard and earning a college degree, workers in the US can prosper under capitalism.

Furniture retailer Conforama announces 1,900 job cuts in France in 2020

By Anthony Torres, 5 July 2019

Workers at several stores targeted for closure spontaneously walked off the job in protest at the deal worked out behind their backs by management and the unions.

Sri Lankan president calls for autocratic executive presidency

By K. Ratnayake, 5 July 2019

The political instability is a result of infighting between factions of the ruling elite against a backdrop of enormous social opposition in Sri Lanka to the austerity agenda.

Was the Australian army placed on alert during last year’s political crisis?

By Mike Head, 5 July 2019

Whether or not the military was actually activated, Australia was on the brink of a constitutional crisis last August.

Australian central bank cuts cash rate to record low

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Banalidades no G20 não conseguem esconder um mundo à beira da guerra

Nick Beams, 5 Julho 2019

As teatrais propostas de paz de Trump à Coréia do Norte após a cúpula do G20 foram desmentidas pela aprovação pelo Senado do maior orçamento militar na história dos EUA.

Revelações contra a Operação Lava Jato levam a nova investida em direção a um governo autoritário no Brasil

Miguel Andrade, 5 Julho 2019

A publicação de mensagens vazadas relacionadas ao julgamento de Lula fez o governo Bolsonaro realizar ameaças de repressão e acusações de conluio com a inteligência russa.

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4 Temmuz 2019: Militarizm ve diktatörlük hayaleti

Patrick Martin, 5 Temmuz 2019

4 Temmuz, insanlık tarihindeki büyük özgürleştirici olaylardan birinin; Amerikan burjuva demokratik devriminin başlangıcı olarak Bağımsızlık Bildirgesi’nin yayınlanmasının yıldönümüdür.

ABD ve AB, Ekrem İmamoğlu’nun seçilmesinden memnun

Ulaş Ateşçi, 5 Temmuz 2019

23 Haziran’da tekrarlanan seçimi Ekrem İmamoğlu’nun kazanması, Amerika ile Avrupa’daki emperyalist dış politika çevrelerinde ve gazetelerinde coşkulu bir şekilde karşılandı.

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La ministre allemande de la Défense proposée comme présidente de la Commission européenne

Peter Schwarz, 5 juillet 2019

La proposition vise à faire de l'Union européenne une superpuissance militaire sous domination franco-allemande.

Le jour d’indépendance aux États-Unis: le militarisme et le spectre de la dictature

Patrick Martin, 5 juillet 2019

La célébration officielle de la fête du 4 juillet à Washington est marquée par une présence militaire sans précédent.

Conforama annonce 1900 suppressions de poste en France pour 2020

Anthony Torres, 5 juillet 2019

Dans plusieurs magasins, les salariés se sont rassemblés spontanément pour montrer leur opposition à la fermeture des magasins, refusant de travailler.

Les États-Unis et l'Union européenne saluent l'élection du maire d’İstanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu

Ulas Atesci, 5 juillet 2019

Quels que soient les espoirs que les travailleurs et les jeunes sont encouragés à placer dans İmamoğlu et ses alliés politiques, ils seront rapidement déçus.

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Día de la Independencia de EUA de 2019: militarismo y el espectro de guerra

Patrick Martin, 5 julio 2019

La celebración oficial del 4 de julio en Washington estará marcada por una presencia sin precedentes de los militares.

Bombardeo de centro de detención en Libia mata a por lo menos 44 refugiados

Bill Van Auken, 5 julio 2019

La tragedia es el producto de la guerra de 2011 respaldada por Estados Unidos para llevar a cabo un cambio de régimen y que ha sumido a Libia en casi una década de guerra civil y generado la guerra de la UE contra los refugiados.

Reino Unido: GCHQ/MI5 admiten espiar ilegalmente a millones

Trevon Johnson, 5 julio 2019

Sus admisiones fueron el resultado de un caso judicial presentado por el grupo de defensa de las libertades civiles, Liberty.

Socialismo 2019: una operación del Partido Demócrata

Alexander Fangmann, 5 julio 2019

Los oradores y paneles destacados de la Conferencia del Socialismo revelan un evento dedicado a canalizar el movimiento hacia la izquierda de los trabajadores y jóvenes de vuelta a los confines del Partido Demócrata.

New in Norwegian

Mexico utplasserer Nasjonalgarden, pågriper rekordnivå av immigranter

Alex González, 5. juli 2019

Mexico lanserte sin 70 000-store Nasjonalgarde og interneringen av immigranter økte med en tredjedel siden mai.

Tysk forsvarsminister som sjef for EU-kommisjonen

Peter Schwarz, 5. juli 2019

Forslaget sikter på å utvikle EU til en militærmakt under tysk-fransk dominans.

$ 300 millioner i militærhjelp til Ukraina vedtatt av det amerikanske Senatet

Jason Melanovski, 5. juli 2019

I forberedelser til en tredje verdenskrig, og med økende spenninger med EU over Russland og Iran, eskalerer USA militærhjelpen til Ukraina.

Australsk filmskaper James Ricketson oppfordrer journalisten Peter Greste til å forsvare Assange

5. juli 2019

Ricketson har forfattet et «Åpent Brev» som motsier Grestes påstand om at Assange ikke er journalist og derfor ikke fortjener støtte, og han oppfordrer ham til å forsvare WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren, som han i sin tid gjorde for Ricketson som var fengslet på falskt grunnlag i Kambodsja.

Video: Se og hør Sydney-demonstrasjonen Løslat Assange

5. juli 2019

Demonstrasjonen var én av en serie samlinger organisert av Socialist Equality Party til forsvar for Julian Assange og Chelsea Manning; den neste er i Brisbane på lørdag, etterfulgt av en i Melbourne søndag den 14. juli.

New in German

Unabhängigkeitstag in den USA: Militarismus und das Gespenst der Diktatur

Patrick Martin, 5. Juli 2019

Die offiziellen Feierlichkeiten am 4. Juli in Washington waren von einer beispiellosen Präsenz des Militärs geprägt.

Nach dem Lübcke-Mord: Der Ruf nach dem starken Staat

Johannes Stern, 5. Juli 2019

Der Verfassungsschutzbericht 2018 führt die Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) erneut als „linksextremistische Partei“ und „Beobachtungsobjekt“ an, während die AfD und ihr faschistisches Umfeld lediglich als „Opfer“ angeblicher „Linksextremisten“ genannt werden.

Waldbrand in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Marianne Arens, 5. Juli 2019

Der riesige Waldbrand bei Lübtheen war nur schwer zu löschen, denn der Waldboden ist voller Munition. Damit rückte der Brand gleichzeitig die verheerenden Folgen von Aufrüstung und Krieg ins Bewusstsein.

Libyen: Mindestens 44 Tote bei Angriff auf Haftlager für Flüchtlinge

Bill Van Auken, 5. Juli 2019

Diese Tragödie ist das Ergebnis des Kampfs der EU gegen Flüchtlinge und des von den USA im Jahr 2011 begonnen Kriegs für einen Regimewechsel, der Libyen in einen Bürgerkrieg gestürzt hat, der inzwischen fast ein Jahrzehnt andauert.

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Ford объявляет об увольнении 12 тысяч рабочих на пяти заводах по всей Европе

Уилл Морроу, 4 июля 2019 г.

Проводится глобальная реструктуризация, в ходе которой все автопроизводители опираются на профсоюзы, стремясь подавить бурную и растущую оппозицию среди рабочих автомобильной промышленности.

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Perspective

International Labour Organization report documents growing assault on wages

5 July 2019

In a “key finding,” the report states that “increases in top labour incomes are associated with losses for everyone else, with both middle class and lower-income workers seeing their share of income decline.”

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Free Assange and Manning

Julian Assange’s birthday celebrated at vigils in Australia and New Zealand

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

Linda Tenenbaum, a longstanding leader of the SEP, indicted the Australian government and the political and media establishment for abandoning Assange, an Australia citizen.

Australian workers and youth speak out at vigils for Assange’s birthday

By our reporters, 5 July 2019

“The things he has done have changed the world. The people who hate him are usually the people who are in power.”

Debate on Julian Assange at London’s Frontline Club for journalists

By Jean Shaoul, 5 July 2019

Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore, arguably the most despised among the advertised speakers, pulled out at the last minute.

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer replies to feminist legal critics on Assange

By Laura Tiernanan, 5 July 2019

Melzer refutes the claim that he had belittled or denied the role of consent in the legal definition of rape.

Video: Watch the Sydney Free Assange rally

4 July 2019

The demonstration is one of a series of rallies organised by the Socialist Equality Party to defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning; the next will be in Brisbane on Saturday followed by Melbourne on Sunday July 14.

Video: Protesters at SEP (Australia) rally speak out in defence of Assange and Manning

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson calls on journalist Peter Greste to defend Assange

Australian workers and youth speak out in defence of Assange at SEP rally

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

SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

History

American Independence Day 2019: From the “asylum for mankind” to the land of concentration camps

By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019

The principles of 1776 of open immigration and birthright citizenship are under attack.

Destroyed 1923 pamphlet on Red Army, commissioned by Trotsky, reprinted in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 27 June 2019

Commentary

"Socialism 2019" conference: A Democratic Party operation

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2019

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

German minister of defence to head European Commission

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2019

Amid mounting opposition, former Michigan Governor Snyder withdraws from Harvard fellowship

By Sheila Brehm, 4 July 2019

Harvard awards fellowship to Rick Snyder, Flint’s poisoner-in-chief

The global war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 3 July 2019

US Navy SEAL acquitted of murder and other war crimes by military jury

By Kevin Reed, 3 July 2019

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the resurgence of the international class struggle

By the Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 3 July 2019

Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution

By Kate Randall, 3 July 2019

When They See Us: A powerful dramatization of the case of the Central Park Five

Workers Struggles

Zimbabwe unions threaten general strike as walkouts spread in Nigeria
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

5 July 2019

The main Zimbabwe union federation has threatened a nationwide strike over the devaluation of currency while Nigerian dockworkers are set to strike this week over nonpayment of back wages joining civil servants and polytechnic staff.

11,000 food service workers vote to strike US airlines

By Kayla Costa, 4 July 2019

South Korean public sector workers strike over irregular employment status

By Ben McGrath, 4 July 2019

South Australian teachers strike for better wages and conditions

By Sue Phillips, 4 July 2019

UK National Education Union and #SchoolCuts hold Together for Education rally

By Tom Pearce, 4 July 2019

Amazon’s meat grinder in the Dallas, Texas suburbs

By Tom Carter, 2 July 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

Lee Iacocca, who spearheaded the attack on autoworkers, dead at 94

By Jerry White, 4 July 2019

Countdown to contract fight
Auto execs, UAW have a game plan: What will autoworkers do?

Why autoworkers need an international strategy

More on autoworkers struggles »

IYSSE

Statement of the IYSSE Karlsruhe: Against militarism, fascism and war! For socialism! Vote IYSSE!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 4 July 2019

The Trotskyist youth movement is running two candidates in the elections for the Student Parliament in at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Students block right-wing think tank on “Dictatorship Research” at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Humboldt University, 29 June 2019

Arts Review

The Command (Kursk): A dramatization of the 2000 Russian nuclear submarine disaster

By Joanne Laurier, 4 July 2019

The Kursk’s sinking was bound up with both the decay of the Russian military and the catastrophic impact of Russian capitalism.

Marching Song, play co-written by Orson Welles about abolitionist John Brown, to be published after 85 years

By David Walsh, 2 July 2019

A conversation with Todd Tarbox, editor of Marching Song

By David Walsh, 2 July 2019

San Francisco School Board votes to destroy left-wing murals they claim are “racist” and “white supremacist”

By Toby Reese, 28 June 2019

”We can’t erase history to suit people’s feelings”
San Francisco residents voice opposition to censorship of George Washington High School murals

By Evan Blake and Alex Gonzalez, 28 June 2019

25 years ago: Rwandan Patriotic Front captures Kigali

On July 4, 1994, the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) captured the country’s capital city of Kigali, a major advance during the Rwandan Civil War.

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50 years ago: Kenyan leader Tom Mboya assassinated

On July 5, 1969, Tom Mboya, Kenya’s Minister of Justice, was shot and killed when leaving a store in Nairobi.

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75 years ago: Red Army captures Minsk

On July 3, 1944, the Red Army captured the city of Minsk, the last major German stronghold on Soviet territory.

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100 years ago: Journal publishes Claude McKay poem in defense of blacks

On July 1, 1919, The Liberator, the left-wing journal edited by Max Eastman, published the iconic poem of the resistance of the oppressed, “If We Must Die,” by Claude McKay.

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Book Review

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, by Brenda Wineapple
The failed removal of Andrew Johnson and the emergence of the American working class

By Eric London, 26 June 2019

Brenda Wineapple’s The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation is a factual and easy-to-read account of one of the most overlooked and poorly understood turning points in American history.

Science

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 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

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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.