Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020

Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention

Trump removes restrictions on land mine use by US military

Trump budget gives top priority to new generation of nuclear weapons

Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on “stop-and-frisk”

By Niles Niemuth, 14 February 2020

The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg’s racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.

New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio

Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary

On eve of New Hampshire primary
Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race

Seven workers burned to death in Indian factory fire

By Sakuna Jayawardana, 14 February 2020

The Nanda Denim workers are among the thousands who die or are maimed each year in the brutally exploitative global garment industry.

“Shoot them down”—India’s government incites violence against opponents of its anti-Muslim citizenship law

Indian budget inflicts more austerity amid job crisis, deepening economic slowdown

US brings new charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei

By Nick Beams, 14 February 2020

The unveiling of new charges underscores the distinctive approach taken by the US state towards what are in essence commercial disputes.

SEP builds support for Free Assange and Manning rallies in Australia

By our reporters, 14 February 2020

Members and supporters of the SEP and its youth movement, the IYSSE, have been campaigning in working-class suburbs, at workplaces and university campuses.

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece

By George Gallanis, 14 February 2020

A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

Workers at GM’s Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote

By Andrea Lobo, 14 February 2020

The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government’s supposed labor reforms.

Sri Lankan prime minister’s India visit underscores deepening geostrategic rivalry

By K. Ratnayake, 14 February 2020

The US and India are making clear to the new Sri Lankan president that his government must not re-establish close relations with China.

UK government spearheads anti-migrant crackdown with deportation of Jamaican nationals

By Thomas Scripps, 14 February 2020

Under Britain’s deeply reactionary UK Borders Act 2007, any offence can serve as a pretext for deportation.

BBC Panorama exposes rising death toll on UK’s “smart motorways”

By Paul Bond, 14 February 2020

Smart motorways were introduced in a cost-cutting measure, as a means of easing congestion without expanding the existing road network—by turning the hard shoulder of conventional motorways into a live traffic lane.

Concordia University in Portland, Oregon set to close by end of the semester

By Kayla Costa, 14 February 2020

The Board of Regents announced the closure on Monday, making the school the most recent victim of the financial pressures that small, private liberal arts schools confront on the privatized education market.

Saskatchewan: FCL refinery escalates its concession demands from 750 locked-out workers

By Carl Bronski, 14 February 2020

Emboldened by the staunch support of the Moe provincial government, the police and courts and by Unifor’s retreats, FCL has escalated its concession demands.

Corporate Canada clamours for Trudeau to launch a violent crackdown on anti-pipeline protests

By Roger Jordan, 14 February 2020

The corporate media’s response to the protests has become increasingly frantic, with the National Post raging that Canada is being turned into a “mob city,” while the Edmonton Journal says, “Chaos has come to Canada.”

13 February 2020

US spied on governments for decades through secret ownership of Swiss encryption firm

By Kevin Reed, 13 February 2020

The Trump administration’s surveillance dragnet

After 10 months’ silence, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against extradition of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell and Chris Marsden, 13 February 2020

Petition for Assange’s freedom tabled again in Australian parliament

By Mike Head, 13 February 2020

Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over “sanctuary” policies

By Erik Schreiber, 13 February 2020

After Transport Workers Union sell out of contract struggle
New York City transit system accumulates billions more in bond debt

By Sam Dalton and Sandy English, 13 February 2020

Documentary on Alberta train derailment uncovers evidence of criminal negligence by CP Rail

By Penny Smith, 13 February 2020

UK postal union calls national strike ballot after collapse of phoney talks

By Laura Tiernan, 13 February 2020

UK steel unions smooth way for job losses and givebacks ahead of British Steel buyout

By Barry Mason, 13 February 2020

Anticapitalistas prepare to leave Spain’s Podemos-Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 13 February 2020

Changes in the car industry threaten Slovakian workers

By Marianne Arens, 13 February 2020

Ford shakes up management, prepares for more cuts after 99 percent profit decline

Austrian Green Party in power adopts policies of the far right Freedom Party

By Markus Salzmann, 13 February 2020

New Zealand’s Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism

By Tom Peters, 13 February 2020

New in German

Klassenkonflikte steigern Interesse am Sozialismus in den USA

Joseph Kishore, 14. Februar 2020

Die wesentliche Ursache für den Linksruck unter Arbeitern und das wachsende Interesse am Sozialismus ist die Ausweitung des Klassenkampfs.

USA und Deutschland spionierten jahrzehntelang fremde Regierungen über Schweizer Verschlüsselungsfirma aus

Kevin Reed, 14. Februar 2020

CIA, NSA und BND lesen seit fünf Jahrzehnten den diplomatischen Schriftverkehr von Regierungen in aller Welt mit. Diese Enthüllung zeigt, dass der US-Imperialismus in der Weltpolitik seit langem nur seinen eigenen Regeln folgt.

New in Norwegian

Arbeiderklassens kamper i USA på det høyeste nivå på tiår

Joseph Kishore og SEPs nasjonalsekretær og presidentkandidat, 14. februar 2020

Utvidelsen av klassekampen er den essensielle underliggende faktoren for venstredreiningen blant arbeidere og den tiltakende interessen for sosialisme.

USA spionerte i tiår på regjeringer via hemmelig eierskap av sveitsisk kryptografiselskap

Kevin Reed, 14. februar 2020

Avsløringene om at CIA og NSA de fem siste tiårene har spionert på regjeringers diplomatiske meldinger rundt om i verden, viser at amerikansk imperialisme lenge har fungert som en lov for seg i verdensanliggender.

Etter 10 måneders taushet advarer nå britiske Labour-leder Jeremy Corbyn mot utlevering av Julian Assange

Oscar Grefell og Chris Marsden, 14. februar 2020

Det siste året har Corbyn ledet undertrykkingen av enhver diskusjon om Assanges fengsling i Storbritannia, og om landets deltakelse i det USA-ledede forsøket på å ødelegge ham.

«Skyt dem ned» – Indias regjering oppildner til vold mot protester mot antimuslimsk lov

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14. februar 2020

BJP-regjeringen er skaket av masseopposisjonen mot CAA-loven den hastet gjennom parlamentet i desember og umuddelbart nedfelte til lov.

New in Spanish

El aumento del conflicto de clases en EE. UU. y el resurgimiento del socialismo

Joseph Kishore, 14 febrero 2020

La expansión de la lucha de clases es el factor esencial que subyace el giro a la izquierda de los trabajadores y su mayor interés en el socialismo.

Estados Unidos espió gobiernos durante décadas a través de la propiedad secreta de una firma de cifrado suiza

Kevin Reed, 14 febrero 2020

Las revelaciones de que la CIA y la NSA han estado espiando los cables diplomáticos de gobiernos de todo el mundo durante las últimas cinco décadas demuestran que el imperialismo estadounidense ha operado durante mucho tiempo como una ley para sí mismo en los asuntos mundiales.

En una carrera cerrada de tres, Sanders gana las primarias de New Hampshire

Patrick Martin, 14 febrero 2020

En la víspera de las primarias de New Hampshire los candidatos demócratas hacen crecientes ataques contra el socialismo.

Anticapitalistas se prepara para abandonar el gobierno del Partido Socialista y Podemos de España

Alejandro López y Alex Lantier, 14 febrero 2020

En medio de las crecientes protestas contra las políticas de derecha de Podemos, su facción anticapitalista pidió una separación "civilizada, respetuosa, empática e incluso amorosa" de Podemos.

La expansión del coronavirus podría darle un gran golpe a la economía mundial

Nick Beams, 14 febrero 2020

A pesar del regreso al trabajo en algunas áreas, las principales regiones chinas han adquirido un "ambiente de pueblo fantasma".

New in French

Les États-Unis ont espionné les gouvernements pendant des décennies à travers une société de cryptage suisse

Kevin Reed, 14 février 2020

Les révélations selon lesquelles la CIA et la NSA ont espionné les câbles diplomatiques des gouvernements du monde entier au cours des cinq dernières décennies montrent que l’impérialisme américain fait sa propre loi depuis longtemps dans les affaires mondiales.

Le conflit de classe grandissant aux États-Unis et la résurgence du socialisme

Joseph Kishore, 14 février 2020

Le développement de la lutte des classes est le facteur essentiel qui est à la base du virage à gauche parmi les travailleurs et de l’intérêt grandissant pour le socialisme.

Anticapitalistas se prépare à quitter le gouvernement du Parti socialiste et de Podemos

Alejandro López et Alex Lantier, 14 février 2020

Sur fond de protestations croissantes contre les politiques de droite de Podemos, sa faction Anticapitalistas a appelé à une séparation «civilisée, respectueuse, empathique et même aimante» de Podemos.

De hauts gradés de l’armée canadienne se joignent au SCRS pour exiger l'interdiction de Huawei

Roger Jordan, 14 février 2020

L’establishment militaro-sécuritaire et médiatique demande depuis des mois au gouvernement Trudeau d’appliquer une ligne anti-Chine plus dure.

Un commentaire sur le film documentaire récompensé American Factory

Lily Zhao, 14 février 2020

Il a été récompensée dans la catégorie du meilleur documentaire de long métrage lors de la céremonie des Oscars dimanche soir. C’est le premier film à être produit par la maison de production de Barack et Michelle Obama, Higher Grounds Production

Des Journées de juillet au coup d’État de Kornilov : L’État et la Révolution de Lénine

Barry Grey, 14 février 2020

L’objet de cette conférence est L’État et la Révolution de Lénine. Lénine a écrit le livre pendant l’été 1917 quand il se cachait, d’abord à l’extérieur de Petrograd, puis en Finlande.

New in Russian

Российско-белорусские переговоры по энергоносителям проваливаются, Минск сдвигается в сторону США и НАТО

Клара Вайс, 12 февраля 2020 г.

Текущая вспышка напряженности происходит в тот момент, когда США агрессивно усиливают попытки втянуть Минск в свою орбиту.

New in Turkish

Humboldt’taki IYSSE sözcüsü, Profesör Baberowski aleyhine disiplin soruşturması talep etti

Sven Wurm, 12 Şubat 2020

Berlin Humboldt Üniversitesi IYSSE sözcüsü Sven Wurm, kendisine fiziksel olarak saldırmasının ardından Profesör Jörg Baberowski aleyhine üniversite yönetimine şikayet dilekçesi sundu.

Avustralya ile Yeni Zelanda’da Assange’a ve Manning’e özgürlük mitingleri düzenleniyor

SEP (Avustralya) ve SEG (Yeni Zelanda), 12 Şubat 2020

SEP, Assange’ın özgürlüğünü sağlamaya ve tüm demokratik hakları savunmaya gerçekten kararlı olan tüm grupların ve bireylerin mitinglere katılmasını memnuniyetle karşılayacaktır.

WRP Troçkizme Nasıl İhanet Etti?
WRP Geri Kalmış Ülkelerdeki Proletaryayı Terk Ediyor

12 Şubat 2020

WRP’nin Ortadoğu’daki burjuva rejimlerle kurduğu ilkesiz ilişkiler, proleter olmayan, yabancı sınıfsal güçlere yönelerek partinin siyasi sorunlarının üstesinden gelme girişimiydi.

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Perspective

Spectre of the 1930s
Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany

14 February 2020

Last week’s decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE spokesperson submits disciplinary complaint against right-wing extremist professor at Humboldt University in Berlin

By Sven Wurm, 10 February 2020

Right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski physically assaults socialist student

By our reporters, 5 February 2020

Commentary

Letter to members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 14 February 2020

Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America say it is possible to fight for socialism from within the Democratic Party. Such a political program is not real socialism and can lead only to disaster.

Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 14 February 2020

The answers given by Sanders’ campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provide a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled “democratic socialist” to American imperialism and war.

Growing class conflict in the US and the resurgence of socialism

By Joseph Kishore—SEP national secretary and candidate for US president, 13 February 2020

The expansion of the class struggle is the essential factor underlying the shift to the left among workers and the growing interest in socialism.

World Health Organization warns of global risk from coronavirus outbreak

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 February 2020

Trump’s budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution

By Eric London, 12 February 2020

German ruling class commemorates liberation of Auschwitz by planning new wars and new crimes

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2020

Trump gloats over impeachment, but popular opposition mounts to his administration

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

Accuser Jessica Mann’s testimony in the Weinstein trial: A Journey to the End of the Night

By David Walsh, 7 February 2020

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on the Iowa caucuses: Don’t lose faith in the Democrats

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

The New York Times' 1619 Project

A reply to the American Historical Review’s defense of the 1619 Project

By David North and Tom Mackaman, 31 January 2020

The disrespect expressed by editor Alex Lichtenstein toward leading historians reveals the extent to which racialist mythology, which has provided the “theoretical” foundation of middle-class identity politics, has been accepted, and even embraced, by a substantial section of the academic community as a legitimate basis for the teaching of American history.

My Response to Alex Lichtenstein Regarding the 1619 Project

By Victoria Bynum, 31 January 2020

The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to five historians

Election 2020

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

Workers Struggles

Union sells out forestry strike in Finland; South African telecom workers’ strike threat against redundancies; London bus drivers move to strike vote
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 February 2020

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Free Assange and Manning

Rank-and-file teachers in Sydney adopt resolution defending Assange and Manning

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 February 2020

The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.

Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

11 February 2020

Rallies in Australia and NZ to demand freedom for Assange and Manning. No to US extradition!

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020

Socialist Equality Party Public Meeting in London:
Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning! No US extradition!

28 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Arts Review

The King: A film drama (insufficiently) inspired by Shakespeare’s work

By Joanne Laurier, 14 February 2020

The King is a Netflix historical drama broadly tracing the life of Henry V (1386–1422), with a certain anti-war coloring.

A comment on American Factory, the award-winning documentary

By Lily Zhao, 12 February 2020

The work won in the best documentary feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It was the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

2020 Academy Awards: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite from South Korea wins major awards

By David Walsh, 11 February 2020

On the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony
New York Times’ Wesley Morris complains that eight of the films nominated for Best Picture “are about white people”

American film actor Kirk Douglas (1916–2020)

By David Walsh, 10 February 2020

Interview with film historian Joseph McBride: For Kirk Douglas, life was “like a war—you have to fight all the time”

25 years ago: US House of Representatives moves to eliminate welfare

On February 15, 1995, the human services subcommittee of the Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee approved provisions to cut as much as $40 billion from welfare spending over five years.

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50 years ago: US Senate debates school segregation amendment

The week of February 10 saw debates in the US Senate regarding a proposed amendment aimed at blocking efforts to withhold federal education funds from southern schools that had not yet been desegregated.

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75 years ago: Allies begin murderous firebombing of Dresden

On February 13, 1945, British and American warplanes began a series of raids targeting Dresden, the densely populated capital of the German state of Saxony.

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100 years ago: Polish military celebrates outlet to Baltic Sea

On February 10, 1920, the military of the new nationalist regime in Poland performed a “wedding to the sea” ceremony to symbolize the acquisition of territory along the Baltic coast.

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Book Review

An examination of the anti-immigrant campaign in early 20th century America
The Guarded Gate, by Daniel Okrent (Scribner, 2019)

By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2020

A century after the imposition of racist immigration quotas in the US, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism are once again on the rise in the US and around the world.

History

An interview with Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano

By the editorial board, 27 January 2020

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Seventy-five years after World War II: The ideological preparations for fascism and war
IYSSE holds second meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 28 January 2020

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for social equality

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2020

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Mehring Books

New pamphlet from Mehring Books on the 1619 Project

24 January 2020

The response of David North and Eric London to the New York Times’ rebuff of five eminent historians’ objections to the 1619 Project is now available as an illustrated pamphlet.

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

More on autoworkers struggles »

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

History of the ICFI

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019