Editorials

As more details emerge ISO continues defense of CWA sellout of Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2016

A coterie of pseudo-left groups that operate in the orbit of the Democratic Party are more and more being called into service to prop up the unions.

Left Party advocates joint candidate with SPD and Greens for German presidency

By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2016

The Left Party has responded to the announcement by federal President Joachim Gauck that he will be retiring next year “on age grounds” by moving further to the right.

Brazil’s pseudo-left in crisis after ouster of PT government

By Miguel Andrade, 10 June 2016

The emergence of Guilherme Boulos as the foremost spokesman of the post-“coup” protest movement is an indictment of Brazil’s entire pseudo-left milieu.

Deepening crisis in Democratic Party ahead of California primary

By Patrick Martin, 2 June 2016

There are mounting signs frontrunner Hillary Clinton could lose the crucial primary in the most populous US state, putting her nomination in jeopardy.

French strike movement exposes bankruptcy of New Anti-capitalist Party

By Alex Lantier, 2 June 2016

The emergence of the working class as the central force in struggle against France's Socialist Party government refutes the anti-working class perspective of the NPA.

US media witch-hunts parents of boy nearly killed by gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo

By Eric London, 2 June 2016

Based on what is known about what took place the question must be raised: why has the coverage of the event been largely devoid of empathy for the child's parents?

Germany: How the pseudo-left justify the Left Party’s shift to the right

By Johannes Stern and Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2016

The pseudo-left groups which either work in or around the Left Party have assumed the task of defending its rightward shift.

A new strategy is needed to fight French labor law

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2016

The most politically conscious and advanced layers of workers and youth must prepare themselves not only for the mass struggles that will erupt, but for socialist revolution.

Corporate-backed charities come up with teaspoon of help for Flint

By Sheila Brehm, 13 May 2016

A spokesman for the foundations claim the money—to be distributed over five years—is intended to provide “a sense of hope” for the residents of Flint.

UN Ambassador Samantha Power hails Sri Lanka as human rights champion

By Kumaran Ira, 10 May 2016

Lying through her teeth, Power hailed the Sri Lankan regime Washington installed in Colombo as part of the “pivot to Asia” for overseeing a flowering of democracy.

Socialist Alternative: Charlatanry and lies in support of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Barry Grey, 3 May 2016

For all its criticism of Clinton, Socialist Alternative is already lined up behind the “anyone but Trump” mantra that will be a major aspect of her right-wing campaign.

White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2016

The political, media and entertainment elite stage this annual celebration of wealth and influence.

The class issues in the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2016

The following is an amended version of a report delivered March 26 by Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), to a party aggregate in Sheffield.

The political agenda behind the racial politics of the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof

By Niles Williamson, 5 April 2016

Amid mounting signs that interest in socialism is on the rise, Kristof is doing his best to promote racialist politics to divide the working class and block the development of class consciousness.

The political economy of endless austerity

By Nick Beams, 31 March 2016

The imposition of austerity is determined not by a lack of economic resources, but by the relentless logic of the profit system.

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2016

Amid bitter disputes within the American state over Obama’s Syria policy, the ISO is seeking to build broader support for an escalation of US involvement in the Middle East war.

Brexit referendum: Remain camp backs European Union of austerity and militarism

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 10 March 2016

The support of the dominant sections of Britain’s financial and business elite for remaining in the European Union is based on maintaining trade links within the world’s largest single market.

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote Maori nationalism

By Tom Peters, 10 March 2016

At protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the opposition parties have promoted Maori identity politics to block a unified struggle by workers against austerity and war.

The New York Times ’ Nicholas Kristof warns of “Donald the Dangerous”

By Eric London, 9 March 2016

Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.

The death of Nancy Reagan

By David Walsh, 9 March 2016

The American political and media establishment has responded in predictably fawning and dishonest fashion to the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6.

Anti-refugee xenophobia and the danger of war

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2016

Tens of thousands of refugees who have escaped the hell of war in the Middle East are being deprived of all rights and used as pawns in conflicts between the European states.

Solitary confinement and the brutality of the US prison system

“Angola 3” prisoner Albert Woodfox released after 45 years

By Kate Randall, 23 February 2016

The circumstances surrounding Woodfox’s trial and incarceration epitomize the brutality of the United States prison system, and the arbitrary and sadistic manner in which judicial authorities mete out their punishments.

“Secular stagnation” and the contradictions of capitalism

By Nick Beams, 23 February 2016

The lowering of interest rates, quantitative easing and now negative interest rates are only compounding financial instability and laying the basis for another crisis.

International Viewpoint joins in racist anti-refugee agitation

By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2016

While the hysterical campaign over the events of New Year’s Eve at Cologne’s main train station has subsided somewhat in the bourgeois media, it continues in pseudo-left circles undiminished.

Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy

By David Walsh, 30 January 2016

It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the New York Times and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.

Socialist Alternative forms group to support Sanders campaign

By Eric London, 24 December 2015

Efforts to create a phony “left” veneer for sections of the political establishment have become an increasingly important axis upon which the fate of capitalism relies.

The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party

By Marcus Day, 16 December 2015

The ISO has sought to obscure the class issues surrounding police murder in Chicago, promote racial politics and prevent a break with the Democratic Party.

UAW official pushing Nexteer sellout lashes out at Autoworker Newsletter

By Jerry White, 15 December 2015

Facing a rebellion over efforts to push through another rotten contract, a UAW International executive took to Facebook to denounce autoworkers and the WSWS.

Spain: Podemos seeks to demobilise popular opposition to war

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 12 December 2015

The “Not in Our Name” manifesto signed by leading members of Podemos omits any mention of the imperialist foreign policy of the current Popular Party government and the war-mongering of the Socialist Party.

New York Times covers up US responsibility for ISIS surge in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015

A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.

Illinois cop, supposed victim of the “war on police,” exposed as thief and would-be killer

By David Walsh, 9 November 2015

The supposed murder of Joseph Gliniewicz of the Fox Lake, Illinois Police Department, the massive manhunt it generated and the exposure of his death as a suicide is a telling episode.

Who was Ahmed Chalabi?

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2015

Ahmed Chalabi, the convicted embezzler who played a leading role in providing the phony “intelligence” used to justify the US invasion of Iraq, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Baghdad.

The class issues in the Turkish elections

By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 31 October 2015

Under the impact of the global economic crisis and the Syrian civil war, bourgeois rule in Turkey is in deep crisis in the run-up to elections on November 1.

Socialist Alternative proposes electoral alliance with Seattle Democrats

By Eric London, 31 October 2015

The pseudo-left group says that the election of a slate of Democrats to the Seattle City Council “would be a big step forward.”

The global significance of China’s economic slowdown

By Nick Beams, 23 October 2015

China’s economic slowdown will heighten deflationary and recessionary trends throughout the world economy.

Canada’s elections: “Progressive” bluster, war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2015

Canada’s election campaign has illustrated the extent to which the traditional political structures are impervious to the needs of working people, and the ruling elite indifferent and hostile to fundamental democratic principles.

Bernie Sanders backs the prosecution of Edward Snowden

By Tom Hall, 17 October 2015

The call by Sanders for Snowden to be jailed for his exposure of illegal NSA spying starkly reveals his support for the American military-intelligence apparatus.

German academic Jörg Baberowski stirs up hatred against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015

In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.

Obama’s hypocrisy over Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who brought a clock to school

By David Walsh, 21 September 2015

The handcuffing and arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a digital clock to school in Irving, Texas, a Dallas suburb, was a repugnant act that smelled of racism and xenophobia.

New York Times again mocks concerns over Jade Helm domestic military exercise

By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015

The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.

UK Socialist Workers Party and Left Platform debate: Joint apologists for Syriza

By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell, 15 July 2015

Stathis Kouvelakis, the leader of the Left Platform within Syriza, said at a rally in London that it is impermissible to describe the government’s endorsement of savage austerity as a betrayal.

UAW vs. autoworkers: Who are the freeloaders?

By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2015

The UAW is attempting to slander and intimidate workers who refuse to pay union dues under terms of Michigan’s “Right to Work” law.

OECD report documents growth of financial parasitism

By Nick Beams, 29 June 2015

Financial parasitism is leading to the destruction of the productive forces upon which the livelihoods of the world working class depend.

Obama’s eulogy in Charleston, South Carolina

By Andre Damon, 29 June 2015

President Obama’s eulogy for the victims of this month’s shooting in Charleston was remarkable for its religious obscurantism and inability to seriously address any of the issues that led to the horrendous mass murder.

The New York Times, Scott Walker and the unions

By Jerry White, 17 June 2015

The cover story of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine promotes the myth that the unions waged a determined struggle against Wisconsin Governor, and likely Republican presidential candidate, Scott Walker.

WSWS responds to Joma Sison and the Philippine Maoists

By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2015

The CPP is bent on mobilizing its social base behind the US drive to war against China in the name of national sovereignty.

Hedge fund billionaire Paulson’s $400 million gift to Harvard

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2015

The fact that billionaire bankers and hedge fund operators bankroll universities is not a small factor in the stultifying conformism and cowardice that dominate academia.

Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks and 143 other writers protest free speech award for Charlie Hebdo

By David Walsh, 2 May 2015

The protesting PEN members have thrown a monkey wrench into the works of a right-wing political operation, provoking screams of outrage from ex-left and ex-liberal circles.

The pseudo-left and the Libyan catastrophe

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The pseudo-left organizations that served as cheerleaders for imperialist intervention in North Africa and the Middle East share responsibility for the latest disaster.

Syriza leader Tsipras meets with Left Party leaders in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2015

The Left Party is firmly backing Tsipras precisely at the point when he is uncritically accepting the line of the German government and the austerity policy of the European banks.

Philistinism and crime in the German art market

By Sybille Fuchs, 23 March 2015

The greed and ignorance of the super-rich and the operations of unprincipled entrepreneurs are threatening public access to many art works.

International Socialist Organization hails USW backstabbing of oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White and Kevin Reed, 21 March 2015

The ISO does not even pretend to criticize the USW, which from the beginning of the strike worked to prevent it from developing into a broader movement of the working class.

Why the media silence on Lindsey Graham’s vow to use the military to force vote in Congress?

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2015

With the media poised to jump on candidates’ slightest “gaffes,” there are virtually no reports on Graham’s vow to “use the military” to push through a Pentagon budget.

German Greens press for confrontation with Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 6 March 2015

A recent conference convened by the Green Party’s Heinrich Böll Foundation consisted of four hours of hysterical warmongering against Russia.

Sri Lankan pseudo-left dresses up US regime-change as a “democratic revolution”

By K. Ratnayake, 6 March 2015

The grubbier the political whitewash, the bigger the lies and historical falsifications—and it so proves to be the case with NSSP leader Karunaratne.

The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

By David North, 24 February 2015

This 2012 report by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North provides the critical theoretical and historical background to the events in Greece, where the pseudo-left Syriza has risen to state power and rapidly capitulated to the European banks.

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 February 2015

The meeting on Tuesday was to launch a further escalation of German militarism in the name of human rights and civilian intervention.

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

By Christoph Dreier, 9 January 2015

On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany.

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

By Christoph Dreier, 3 January 2015

The right-wing movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) was largely manufactured by the establishment parties and the media.

Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster

By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014

December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005.

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him.

The disappeared students and Mexico’s deepening political crisis

By Don Knowland, 14 November 2014

The disappearance of 43 rural teaching students has contributed to a growing popular rejection of the major political parties in Mexico.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 2

LSSP rejects the ICFI’s defence of Trotskyism

By Saman Gunadasa, 10 October 2014

The second of four articles on the political lessons of the entry of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party into the Sri Lankan government of Madame Sirima Bandaranaike in June 1964.

The Scottish referendum: Lessons from Quebec

By Keith Jones, 17 September 2014

As in Scotland today, in the run-up to the 1995 Quebec referendum, the unions and pseudo-left played a critical role in giving a “progressive” coloring to the reactionary project for an independent capitalist Quebec.

Counterfire attacks socialist opposition to Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 15 September 2014

The Counterfire group, a split-off from Britain’s Socialist Workers Party, has published a political apologia for the Scottish National Party and Scottish nationalism.

Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos backs Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 12 August 2014

The British Socialist Workers Party is consciously lining up behind the creation of a minor imperialist state in Scotland.

The return of German Great Power politics and the attacks on the historian Fritz Fischer

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 5 August 2014

The Berlin political scientist Herfried Münkler is conducting a fierce campaign against Fritz Fischer, who has been a major influence on the understanding of German responsibility for the First World War.

The lessons of August 4, 1914

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 August 2014

One hundred years ago, the social democracy’s vote for war credits in World War I sounded the death knell of the epoch of national programs for the working class.

The Detroit water shutoffs: A social crime

By Lawrence Porter—Chairman of the Detroit Workers Committee, 15 July 2014

Up to 150,000 households—behind on their bills by as little as two months, or $150—have been targeted for water shutoffs.

Oppose the witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 July 2014

The witch-hunt against Socialist Alternative is aimed at intimidating opponents of the Abbott government.

EU summit in Ypres: National conflicts and militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 30 June 2014

The EU does not preserve European peace. It is a breeding ground for social inequality, nationalism and war.

ISIS offensive in Iraq exposes French pseudo-left’s support for Syria war

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2014

The NPA is seeking to cover up its responsibility in pressing for imperialism to arm Sunni Islamist militias in the region, while downplaying the risk of a wider war.

German militarism and the US debacle in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2014

The German bourgeoisie is responding to the debacle of US imperialism in Iraq by intensifying its campaign for militarism and war.

Vote “no” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 June 2014

All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014

The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Australian treasurer defends austerity budget as “fair”

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2014

Hockey’s speech was a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, marked by evasions, lies and fiddled statistics.

Financial Times’ attack on Piketty under fire

By Nick Beams, 30 May 2014

The Financial Times’ scurrilous attack on Thomas Piketty has been opposed by those working in the field of economic and social inequality.

NZ pseudo-left group defends Mana-Internet Party alliance

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014

The pseudo-left groups, already part the Maori-nationalist Mana party, are integrating even more closely into the New Zealand political establishment.

The firing of the New York Times’ Jill Abramson

By David Walsh, 21 May 2014

The dismissal of the New York Times’ first female executive editor on May 14 lifted the lid, briefly and partially, on the US media establishment and its personnel.

Germany: Marx21’s Janine Wissler elected to Left Party leadership

By Marianne Arens, 21 May 2014

The role of Janine Wissler is to provide a “left” face for the right wing course of the Left Party.

Australia: How to fight the Abbott government’s budget

By the Socialist Equality Party Australia, 17 May 2014

A genuine struggle against the budget cannot be based on swapping one set of capitalist politicians for another within the parliamentary establishment.

Australia: The politics of Socialist Alternative’s protest on ABC’s “Q&A”

By Zac Hambides, 13 May 2014

The incident provided a foretaste of the diversionary campaigns that will be organised by the pseudo-left as tonight’s budget measures provoke opposition.

As geopolitical tensions grow with China

Australian columnist lauds World War I as a “just war”

By James Cogan, 12 May 2014

The language used by Sheridan resonates with his portrayal of US and Australian foreign policy as a justified response to China’s “military build-up.”

Spain’s new Podemos party a political fraud—Part one

By Alejandro López, 30 April 2014

This is the first of a two-part comment on the formation of a new party, Podemos, by the pseudo-left in Spain.

French pseudo-left falls in line with Valls’ attacks on the working class

By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2014

The petty-bourgeois “left” parties seek to block popular opposition to the shift to the right being prepared by the newly-installed Socialist Party government.

French elections: Rising neo-fascist vote exposes bankruptcy of pseudo-left NPA

By Kumaran Ira, 29 March 2014

The New Anti-capitalist Party has responded to the rising neo-fascist vote in the municipal elections by endorsing France’s bourgeois “left” parties.

The pseudo-left and the plenums in Bosnia

By Ognjen Markovic and Paul Mitchell, 22 March 2014

Protests in Bosnia last month originated in the working class district of Tuzla, after the closure of four privatized bankrupt factories threw thousands out of a job without redundancy pay.

Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and international law

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2014

Gerhard Schröder described Putin’s actions in Ukraine as a violation of international law, but the former German chancellor also accepted that he had been in breach of international law in Yugoslavia.

“Emergency Town Hall meeting” in Detroit promotes Obama

By Thomas Gaist, 5 March 2014

The March 2 meeting, sponsored by liberal and “left” supporters of the Democratic Party, called on Detroit pensioners to appeal to the Obama administration to defend them.

What is Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign?

By Steve James, 28 January 2014

The Scottish Radical Independence Campaign plays a critical role in attempting to provide some form of left camouflage for a divisive, right-wing policy.

Socialist Alternative councilwoman backs Democrats’ minimum wage maneuver

By Jerry White, 21 January 2014

Socialist Alternative conceives of an “independent” party as a political mechanism for applying pressure on the Democratic Party.

The International Socialist Organization and the betrayal of the Boeing workers

By Jerry White, 10 January 2014

In the aftermath of the defeat of the Boeing workers at the hands of International Association of Machinists, the International Socialist Organization has published a commentary that whitewashes the role of the IAM and seeks to prevent workers from drawing any political lessons from this latest betrayal by the unions.

Germany’s Left Party defends the European Union

By Christoph Dreier, 2 December 2013

The draft program of the Left Party for the European elections contains a vehement defence of the European Union and its bailout regime.

UK Socialist Party mounts its defence of the union bureaucracy

By Paul Mitchell, 25 November 2013

The Socialist Party’s Socialism 2013 conference was a desperate exercise in covering the exposed rear of the trade union bureaucracy.

Brazil’s pseudo-lefts maneuver toward electoral front

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2013

In the wake of last June’s massive popular demonstrations, a group of pseudo-left parties in Brazil are engaged in political maneuvers aimed at cobbling together a “left front” coalition for the 2014 elections.

New York Times: Treat high medical costs as a “serious side effect”

By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013

The Times and the well-off layers that it represents continue their support of Obamacare with calls for reducing “unnecessary” medical services for working families and the poor.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

4 November 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing a Workers Inquiry as the next stage in the Battle of Detroit in opposition to the entire political establishment.

German Left Party reacts to NSA spying scandal with call for stronger secret services

By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2013

The Left Party has joined official German and international political circles calling for a strengthening of Germany’s counter-intelligence capacities.

Bankruptcy proceedings in Detroit: The looting of an American city

By Jerry White, 28 October 2013

A foul spectacle is being played out in bankruptcy court in Detroit that has ominous implications for workers throughout the United States and internationally.

Germany: The Left Party embarks on a war course

By Johannes Stern, 21 October 2013

The Left Party openly advocates foreign military missions and a more active military policy for German imperialism.