Editorials

CBS “60 Minutes” report on Detroit: An apologia for Wall Street looting

By Shannon Jones, 16 October 2013

In so far as the report presents any explanation for the crisis in the city, it is to suggest that overly generous wages and benefits are to blame.

On the 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Rivera Court

Museum show misrepresents Detroit’s crisis and history

By Tim Rivers, 30 September 2013

An exhibition of 14 mural panels commemorating the completion eighty years ago, in March 1933, of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes opened September 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

The German Left Party’s pursuit of war in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

The Syrian opposition groups supported by the Left Party are the loudest advocates of US military intervention to topple the Assad regime.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt: The political lessons

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The recent events in Egypt represent a defeat for the masses, but this does not mean the end of the revolution, it is rather the end of its initial stages.

German President Gauck’s state visit to France

By Peter Schwarz, 7 September 2013

The visit of German President Joachim Gauck to the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, where the Waffen-SS killed 642 civilians during World War II, gave French President Francois Hollande backing for his plans for war against Syria.

Stop the prosecution of Savas Michael-Matsas and Constantinos Moutzouris

By the WSWS International Editorial Board, 27 August 2013

Greek leftist Savas Michael-Matsas and academic Constantinos Moutzouris are the targets of a legal frame-up orchestrated by Greek fascists and their allies in the state.

German pseudo-left think tank asserts “no alternative” to capitalism

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 27 August 2013

A panel discussion at the University of Frankfurt exposed the contempt for the working class of the social democrats, Greens and Left Party.

Fifty years since the March on Washington

By Fred Mazelis, 24 August 2013

The 50-year commemoration of the March on Washington is a mockery of the struggles and sacrifices embodied in the mass civil rights movement.

The American “left” and Edward Snowden

By Eric London, 24 August 2013

The American “left” exposes its contempt for democratic rights in its coverage of the Snowden revelations and the response of the Obama administration.

Obama, the secrets of the state, and the persecution of Edward Snowden

By David North, 20 August 2013

All constitutional issues are seen by Obama not as matters of legal substance but, rather, merely problems of public perception. It is not the actions of the state that need to be changed, but the perceptions of the American people.

How Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists helped pave the way for military repression

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2013

The Revolutionary Socialists have played a vital part in a political conspiracy against the Egyptian working class.

GM Holden’s wage-cutting deal and the Labor government’s “productivity” agenda

By Patrick O’Connor—SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 17 August 2013

The GMH agreement sets a new benchmark for the corporate assault on workers’ wages and conditions.

Friedman of the Times demands Edward Snowden turn himself in

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2013

The New York Times columnist assures the former NSA contractor that the US system “will not allow an authentic whistle-blower to be unfairly punished.”

UAW head calls for restructuring Detroit on the model of the auto industry

By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2013

In the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy filing, the UAW is calling for sacrifices to be imposed on workers in line with the 2009 forced bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry.

University union spends $1 million to back Greens

By Gabriela Zabala—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 27 July 2013

The NTEU is backing the Greens, the very party that has propped up the minority Labor government since 2010.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

The Detroit bankruptcy and the assault on democratic rights

By Jerry White, 26 July 2013

The bankruptcy filing by Detroit’s unelected emergency manager last week is the outcome of an anti-democratic conspiracy conducted by top political officials from both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

The US establishment swoons over the royal birth

By David Walsh, 23 July 2013

The American news and entertainment media went into a frenzy Monday on reports that the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labor and later in the day gave birth to a baby boy.

“Independent” trade unions join military-backed government in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

The integration of “independent” trade unions into Egypt’s military regime exposes the anti-democratic role of groups like the Revolutionary Socialists, which have promoted them.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists support US-backed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2013

The pseudo-left stands condemned by its own words and actions as political agents of imperialism.

International Socialist Organization backs Egyptian coup

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2013

In a July 5 interview, ISO leader Ahmed Shawki declared his support for the military government that took power in Egypt on July 3.

A letter from Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, liberal advocate of a police state

By Tom Carter, 8 July 2013

From the first line to the last, Professor Stone’s letter confirms the WSWS’s frequent warning that the entire political establishment, including its “liberal” sections, is openly hostile to democratic principles.

Falsifying the American Civil War: Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg

By Eric London and Jerry White, 8 July 2013

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin attempted to strip the American Civil War of its revolutionary significance in her keynote speech at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

German Left Party makes nationalist appeal

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2013

The deputy chair of the German Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, has spoken out against educating young unemployed people from other European countries.

French pseudo-left works to defeat workers’ opposition to upcoming pension cuts

By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2013

The NPA is trying to bring the popular opposition to the Socialist Party’s austerity policies into the dead end of support for the Left Front and the union bureaucracy.

Britain’s People’s Assembly covers for Labour and trade unions

By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 26 June 2013

The “People’s Assembly Against Austerity”, held in London last Saturday, was an attempt by its Labour Party and pseudo-left organisers to provide a cover for the reactionary role of the trade union bureaucracy.

Three years since the US-backed coup against Australian Labor PM

By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2013

The SEP was alone in warning that the 2010 coup was bound up with a fundamental sea-change in geo-politics and a deepening assault on the basic democratic rights of the working class.

German Marx 21 group advocates military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 22 June 2013

Marx 21 is spreading lies about the character of the war in Syria, backing the efforts by the imperialist powers to re-colonise the entire Middle East.

The California Nurses Association and health care “militancy”

By David Brown, 18 June 2013

Although presented as a “progressive” union by various pseudo-left groups, the California Nurses Association has suppressed the struggles of health care workers while subordinating them to the Democratic Party.

The NSA revelations and Obama’s “pivot to Asia”

By John Chan, 17 June 2013

Edward Snowden’s revelations of criminal NSA cyber operations against China have exposed the imperialist character of the entire policy of the US “pivot to Asia.”

Another boat disaster highlights criminality of Australian refugee policy

By Mike Head—SEP Senate candidate for Queensland, 15 June 2013

Like its counterparts around the world, the Australian political establishment is scapegoating asylum seekers.

Germany: The NSU investigation committee and the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 27 May 2013

The Left Party has worked closely with other bourgeois parties and the security services to defend the bourgeois state from the escalating neo-Nazi NSU scandal.

The SPD celebrates its 150th anniversary

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2013

The ceremony in Leipzig is completely directed towards the ruling elite, with the SPD eager to confirm that it will faithfully represent its interests at a time of crisis.

Beppe Grillo agitates against immigrants

By Marianne Arens, 22 May 2013

On May 14, Beppe Grillo published a racist blog post appealing to far-right forces.

Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby versus Prince Harry and his polo-playing American friends

By David Walsh, 17 May 2013

During his recent trip to the US, Britain’s Prince Harry had time for a polo match in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Stephen Hawking and the academic boycott of Israel

By Chris Marsden, 15 May 2013

In a letter explaining his decision to pull out of Israel’s Presidential conference, noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explained that Israeli government policy “is likely to lead to disaster.”

Romanian pseudo-lefts praise Hungary’s right-wing government

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 10 May 2013

At a recent conference in Romania, pseudo-left forces praised the right-wing Hungarian government led by Victor Orban.

New revelations about filmmakers’ collaboration with CIA on Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 10 May 2013

New information has surfaced about the level of cooperation between Mark Boal, who wrote the script for Kathryn Bigelow’s pro-torture Zero Dark Thirty, and the US intelligence apparatus.

Left Unity: Director Ken Loach fronts initiative of Britain’s pseudo-left groups

By Julie Hyland, 9 May 2013

A campaign for a new “left” party has been launched by sections of Britain’s pseudo-left, modelled on SYRIZA in Greece.

Barack Obama pays tribute to George W. Bush at presidential library opening

By David Walsh, 26 April 2013

The dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center was an opportunity for the US political elite, Democratic and Republican wing alike, to express its essential unity and singleness of purpose.

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the Victorian teachers’ betrayal

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 April 2013

The pseudo-left organisation Socialist Alternative functions as a prop for the trade unions and an accomplice of the federal Labor government.

The petty-bourgeois “left” promotes the CIA war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2013

The petty-bourgeois “left” has reacted to the publication of detailed reports on the CIA’s role in backing Islamist forces for the US proxy war in Syria by intensifying their support for the war.

UK: The political fraud of the “anti-bedroom tax” campaign

By Steve James, 6 April 2013

The pseudo-left parties in the UK are using opposition to the introduction of the “bedroom tax” to help the trade unions, Labour Party and Scottish National Party posture as opponents of austerity.

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case

By David Walsh, 20 March 2013

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case is a tragedy, which has been immeasurably worsened by the intervention of the American media, and in particular its so-called left elements.

Europe’s rulers whip up anti-immigrant chauvinism

By Julie Hyland, 18 March 2013

The rights of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens have been targeted by the European Union.

Bradley Manning and the media

By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013

At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.

The intellectually bankrupt defenders of Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 22 February 2013

The release of Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained in the latter part of 2012 ignited an intense and still ongoing media debate on the films’ respective merits and related historical issues.

American Federation of Teachers’ journal slanders historian Howard Zinn

By Charles Bogle and Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2013

A review article on A People’s History of the US in the current issue of American Educator lays bare the union leadership’s slavish support for American capitalism.

The increasingly right-wing, pro-Democratic Party ISO

By David Walsh, 16 February 2013

The response of the International Socialist Organization to Barack Obama’s February 12 State of the Union address is telling about the group’s evolution.

The Nation magazine and Obama’s assassination program

By David Walsh, 13 February 2013

The liberal-left downplays the threat to basic rights and expresses continued support for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013

The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.

The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013

In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.

UK Socialist Party backs Len McCluskey reelection in UNITE union

By Paul Stuart, 26 January 2013

The UK Socialist Party web site boasted of a meeting with Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Britain’s largest trade union UNITE.

Pseudo-left conceals refusal of SYRIZA, PASOK and trade unions to oppose Golden Dawn

By Chris Marsden and Christoph Dreier, 25 January 2013

Boasts of a “united front” against Golden Dawn in Greece are aimed at presenting establishment parties and the trade unions as a bulwark against fascism.

Lance Armstrong and the world of professional sports

By David Walsh, 23 January 2013

Armstrong apparently operated a type of mini-Mafia in cycling, bringing to the sport the very worst of American predatory entrepreneurship.

The Australian pseudo-left and the NSW public sector union

By Peter Symonds, 19 January 2013

The ex-lefts play a politically insidious role in subordinating workers to the unions, as the latter collaborate with governments and employers to slash jobs, wages and conditions.

China’s red aristocracy

By John Chan, 31 December 2012

Economic and political power in China is concentrated in the hands of a tiny super-rich elite associated with the Communist Party.

The Scottish Socialist Party and the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 29 December 2012

In alliance with wealthy social layers in Britain, the Scottish Socialist Party, as part of "Yes Scotland," advances a pro-capitalist perspective to divide the working class.

Germany’s Left Party mobilizes for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 21 December 2012

Last week leading figures of the German Left Party signed a statement calling for intervention in Syria.

Germany’s Left Party and the closure of GM-Opel’s Bochum plant

By Dietmar Henning, 19 December 2012

The Left Party has sprung into action to divert workers’ opposition into a dead end and provide support to the IG Metall trade union.

New York Times prescription for “When the Doctor Is Not Needed”

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2012

In the latest installment of its editorial campaign for sweeping cuts in health care, the Times promotes patient “self care” and “community aides” as substitutes for doctors.

Ireland’s United Left Alliance presents its “alternative” budget

By Jordan Shilton, 17 December 2012

The United Left Alliance’s “alternative budget” for Ireland makes clear that the pseudo-left is lining up to defend capitalism against growing opposition within the working class.

Scotland’s Radical Independence Conference pledges to divide the working class

By Steve James, 14 December 2012

The Radical Independence Conference, held in Glasgow late November, was neither radical nor independent.

The SYRIZA model

By Cristoph Dreier, 7 December 2012

A class gulf separates workers from the affluent political operators who gathered at the Left Party youth congress in Cologne, Germany and took Greece’s pro-austerity SYRIZA party as a model.

The PQ budget and the 2012 Quebec student strike

By International Youth Students for Social Equality (Canada), 3 December 2012

Continuing the nationalist-protest perspective that resulted in the Quebec student strike being suppressed, the organizers of the Nov. 22nd protest made no mention of the newly introduced PQ austerity budget.

Report to the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party

By David North, 27 November 2012

We are publishing here the opening report to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Second National Congress, given July 8, 2012 by SEP National Chairman David North.

French NPA offers “anti-imperialist” rationale for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2012

The NPA’s cynical “anti-imperialist” criticisms of Le Monde’s calls for war with Syria show that it shares the pro-war views of figures that the NPA itself calls imperialists.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part two

By Dave Hyland, 8 November 2012

This is the second of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Luncha’s Andy Durgan.

En Lucha’s Andy Durgan: Historical distortions to justify political betrayal of Spanish workers

Part one

By Dave Hyland, 7 November 2012

This is the first of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Lucha’s Andy Durgan.

George McGovern: Liberal standard-bearer at a turning point in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2012

The McGovern campaign marked the rise of identity politics as the principal platform of the Democratic Party.

The issues facing teachers in the 2012 elections

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP US vice presidential candidate

By Phyllis Scherrer (SEP US vice presidential candidate), 26 October 2012

The following statement was issued by Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Scherrer is a teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

The International Socialist Organization and the 2012 US elections

By David Walsh, 25 October 2012

The ISO operates as an advocacy group in and around the Democratic Party, seeking to improve opportunities for the middle class social layers for which it speaks.

Auto workers and the 2012 elections

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

25 October 2012

The following statement addressed to auto workers was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president.

Imperialism in the garb of human rights:

Washington seeks to exploit outrage over attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2012

The Obama administration, the US media and US imperialism’s Pakistani satraps are seeking to manipulate the outrage over the Pakistan Taliban’s attempted assassination of a schoolgirl to legitimize intensification of the AfPak War.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit’s imperialist “For Europe” manifesto

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2012

Two leading European politicians have written a joint manifesto titled “For Europe”, which argues for a strong European Union and a federal Europe with a powerful central government.

A comment on Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit

By Nancy Hanover, 3 October 2012

The recently released documentary Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit is a moving and powerful tribute to the impoverished city’s embattled firefighters.

Syria and the pro-imperialist “leftists” of the ISO

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2012

After more than a month-long silence on the events in Syria, the International Socialist Organization has resumed its depiction of a bloody sectarian civil war stoked by imperialist intervention as the “Syrian Revolution.”

Romney's words

By Barry Grey, 19 September 2012

The video of a Mitt Romney fundraiser posted Monday has provided a revealing glimpse of what the financial magnates think and what they say to one another in the privacy of their board rooms and mansions.

Teachers have the right to know: What’s in the contract?

By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2012

Today’s rally is being organized under a veil of secrecy. The Chicago Teachers Union is trying to get teachers back to work by Monday, but is saying nothing about the concessions it has agreed to.

German Court ruling on euro bailout fund heralds deeper attacks on working class

By Peter Schwarz, 14 September 2012

With its ruling Wednesday in favour of the European Stability Mechanism, the German Constitutional Court has given a green light to new attacks on the working class.

Syria’s “eerie parallel to Afghanistan” and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2012

David Ignatius of the Washington Post draws a revealing parallel between the CIA operation in Afghanistan in the 1980s and the current war in Syria.

Perspectives of the Socialist Equality Party

Resolutions of the SEP (US) National Congress

4 September 2012

Published here are the resolutions adopted by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held July 8-12, 2012.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party back extradition of Assange

By Chris Marsden, 27 August 2012

Britain’s largest pseudo-left groups have lined up behind the demand that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden.

Ex-left groups champion “Yes” vote in Scottish referendum

By Steve James, 22 August 2012

The ex-left groups in Scotland have leapt to embrace the campaign for a "Yes" vote in the proposed referendum on Scottish independence, likely to be held in 2014.

Video: An appeal from SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

21 August 2012

In this video, Jerry White, the SEP's candidate for president, appeals for support for the last two and half months of the election campaign.

French ex-left parties support state persecution of the Roma

By Anthony Torres, 21 August 2012

The petty-bourgeois parties are maintaining a deafening silence over President François Hollande’s decision to destroy the Roma camps.

New York Times gives glimpse of sectarian bloodbath being prepared by Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2012

An article published last week in the New York Times on the spillover of sectarian tensions from Syria into Turkey belies the “democratic” and “humanitarian” pretexts for the ever more violent drive for regime change by the US and its allies.

What Danny Boyle’s Olympic pageant does and does not say about Britain

By Chris Marsden, 1 August 2012

It is to film director Danny Boyle’s credit that his Olympic Games opening ceremony aroused such a hostile reaction from a section of the UK’s Conservative right.

“Save Our Schools” webinar: ISO shills for the AFT bureaucracy

By Walter Gilberti, 30 July 2012

Union officials and black Democratic Party operatives join forces with the backing of the International Socialist Organization.

Police violence in Anaheim: The class issues

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 26 July 2012

Police brutality is directed at all sections of the working class, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and immigrant.

New York Times’ David Brooks: Aurora tragedy has nothing to do with American society

By David Walsh, 26 July 2012

David Brooks of the New York Times produced an especially stupid column July 23 on the mass killing in Aurora, Colorado, denying that the crime had anything to do with the state of society.

European auto crisis requires a socialist answer

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 July 2012

The crisis in the European car industry is not of a temporary or conjunctural nature, but is rather a direct result of the international economic crisis and the austerity measures imposed by European governments at the behest of the banks.

UK ex-left groups cover up collapsing support for education unions

By Tania Kent and Chris Marsden, 23 July 2012

Marches organised July 14 by the NUT and NASUWT in Sheffield and Oxford were billed as a major new initiative in the fight to defend public sector pensions.

Defend the right to vote! Down with photo ID laws!

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for vice president, 21 July 2012

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the efforts to use restrictive voter ID laws to inhibit voting, and the collaboration of the Obama administration and the federal courts with this anti-democratic campaign.

Ruth Keedy Benjamin (June 4, 1947—June 29, 2012)

18 July 2012

On June 29, Ruth Keedy Benjamin, a member of the American Trotskyist movement for over 40 years, succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Spokeswoman for CLASSE: “We have shaken Quebec’s government”

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 July 2012

The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jeanne Reynolds, a leader of CLASSE, the organization that initiated and has led Quebec’s student strike.

Middle-class protest politics or a socialist orientation to the working class: A critique of the politics of CLASSE

By Keith Jones, 7 July 2012

The interview the WSWS has published with CLASSE spokeswoman Jeanne Reynolds exemplifies the protest perspective championed by CLASSE’s leadership. It also sheds lights on conceptions that are widely held among Quebec's striking students.

The heat wave in the US and the decay of infrastructure

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president

By Phyllis Scherrer and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 6 July 2012

It is only the beginning of July and already 23 deaths are attributed to violent storms and an unprecedented heat wave throughout much of the US, following one of the warmest winters on record.

The Fourth of July

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 4 July 2012

The official marking of the Fourth of July will be the usual celebration of militarism and jingoism long used to undermine an understanding of the historical and contemporary significance of the beginning of the American Revolution 236 years ago.

The reactionary politics of Grace Lee Boggs

By Shannon Jones, 2 July 2012

In The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century, Detroit’s Grace Lee Boggs advances a political perspective thoroughly hostile to the interests of the working class.