By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2011
Britain’s Guardian newspaper has responded to the March 26 half-million strong Trades Union Congress demonstration against the government’s £100 billion austerity programme with barely concealed hostility.
A guest commentator:
By Virginia Smith, 13 April 2011
In a recent letter to the Yale community, President Rick Levin announced final agreement with the National University of Singapore to create a new liberal arts college based on the Yale model.
By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 8 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party distributed this statement in the form of a leaflet to demonstrators on a protest of teachers in Berlin, April 5.
6 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has launched its campaign for the May 5 local authority elections in Sheffield and Manchester.
6 April 2011
Robert Skelton and Simon Walker are standing as the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates in the May 5 local authority elections in Manchester and Sheffield.
Reject the AFL-CIO and Democratic Party
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 April 2011
Supporters of the SEP are distributing the following statements at the “We Are One” demonstrations organized by the AFL-CIO in Madison, Wisconsin and other locations in the US.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 March 2011
Today’s demonstration was fraudulently billed by Trades Union Congress head Brendan Barber as the start of a fight-back against the coalition government’s austerity measures.
By Marianne Arens, 26 March 2011
On Sunday, March 27, citizens of Hesse will decide whether there should be a public-borrowing prohibition clause in the state constitution.
By Alex Lantier, 26 March 2011
Lévy uses his bogus “human rights” credentials to bolster the propaganda of the French government—which claims to be intervening in Libya in a limited campaign designed to protect the lives of rebel National Council supporters.
By David Walsh, 24 March 2011
On March 21, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, a principal voice of the American liberal-left in the mainstream media, offered a defense of the Obama administration and its role in launching a military assault on Libya.
15 March 2011
This document, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), was adopted unanimously at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), held in Manchester between October 22 and 25, 2010. It reviews and examines the most critical political experiences of the British working class, centring in particular on the post-war history of the Trotskyist movement. It is being published on the WSWS in 11 parts.
By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2011
WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, published by the Guardian newspaper, is a politically-motivated hatchet job aimed at discrediting Assange and facilitating his persecution.
By Chris Marsden, 4 March 2011
A survey commissioned by the anti-fascist group Searchlight has been given saturation media coverage in Britain.
By Ulrich Rippert, 28 February 2011
Right-wing political and media forces are demagogically exploiting the extraordinary arrogance of Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to further undermine democratic rights in Germany.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2011
The return of the German SPD to political prominence serves to prepare fresh attacks on the working population, which will put all previous attacks in the shade.
By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2011
It is in order to ensure that a mounting strike wave involving millions does not threaten the survival of the pro-Western military regime in Egypt that the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) poses as an ally of Egyptian workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2011
The Left Party in Germany has reacted to the development of the burgeoning revolution in the Middle East by closing ranks with the government and offering its support.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 11 February 2011
WSWS reporters attended a February 9 meeting of France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party in Paris, titled “Tunisia-Egypt, from revolt to revolution.”
Oppose all cuts in public spending
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 10 February 2011
The cuts being imposed by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government in Britain represent the most sustained attack on the living standards and social rights of the working class in over 80 years.
From the archive of the WSWS
By David North, 7 February 2011
The centennial of Reagan’s birth has prompted a new round of mythologizing of the life and career of the 40th US president. Everything that needs to be said about the mendacious attempt to whitewash Reagan’s disastrous presidency was written in a political obituary after his death in 2004 by International Editorial Board chairman David North.
By David Walsh, 3 February 2011
The New York Times posted a lengthy piece January 26 by Bill Keller, its executive editor, on the subject of the newspaper’s relations with WikiLeaks and its co-founder, Julian Assange.
By Tom Carter, 3 February 2011
Secret WikiLeaks cables expose the ugly alliance between Washington and major US corporations to advance their interests in every corner of the world.
By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 31 January 2011
The Socialist Equality Party calls on working people and youth to support our candidate Peter Byrne in the Victorian state by-election being held in Broadmeadows on February 19.
By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2011
Thirty miles from downtown Washington DC, the US military is engaged in the torture of Army Private Bradley Manning, jailed on suspicion of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks.
By Tom Eley, 28 January 2011
One of the more striking omissions from the president’s speech was any reference, even in a tangential way, to the desperate conditions facing the majority of the nation’s 37 million African-Americans, or the closely related social crisis overtaking the cities.
22 January 2011
تعتبر الأحداث الأخيرة في تونس علامة مميزة على ظهور نقطة تحول عملية التطور العالمي، فبعد أن كانت ردود الأفعال الباطشة تنجح دائمًا وكان الصراع الطبقي مكبوحاً لعشرات السنين، جاءت المظاهرات الحاشدة وانتهاء فترة القمع التي دامت 23 عاماً على يد زين العابدين بن علي منذرة بانطلاق عصر جديد سمته الحركات الثورية.
By our reporter, 19 January 2011
On January 13, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) voted to hold a demonstration against the shutoff policies of the local utility conglomerate DTE Energy.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 January 2011
The report of the Independent Commission on the Role of the Foreign Ministry in the Third Reich has triggered strong opposition.
By Susan Allan, 14 January 2011
Slater’s comments are aimed, above all, at sending a message that the new flood task force is already preparing to defend government authorities and stifle any oppositional movement.
Hands off Rosa Luxemburg!
By Lucas Adler, 14 January 2011
In a vulgar attempt to distort Rosa Luxemburg’s writings, the German Left Party resorts to interpreting passages out of context in order to justify their own opportunism.
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By Marxist Voice, 5 January 2011
The WSWS is publishing here the third and concluding part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
Arm Pakistani workers with a revolutionary socialist program
By Marxist Voice, 3 January 2011
The WSWS is publishing here the first part of a statement by Marxist Voice, a Pakistani group that has expressed political agreement with the perspectives of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2010
In its coverage of the December 9 student protest in London, the World Socialist Web Site drew attention the brutal treatment meted out by riot police to Jody McIntyre, a 20-year old freelance journalist.
By K. Ratnayake, 21 December 2010
The killing of four textile workers is the sharpest expression of a global turn by employers and government to state violence amid the deepening international economic crisis.
By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2010
The tributes to Richard Holbrooke, who died December 13, whitewash the role of the United States in the Yugoslav civil war.
By Patrick Martin, 13 December 2010
Sunday marks ten years since the Supreme Court decision that halted vote counting in Florida and installed George W. Bush in the White House.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs, 13 December 2010
Today’s “Energy Customer Assistance Day” has nothing to do with guaranteeing the basic right of all residents to gas and electricity. It is a public relations stunt by DTE and the city government.
By Barry Grey, 11 December 2010
President Barack Obama’s groveling before the Republicans and his lurch to the right have evoked a new outpouring of hand-wringing commentary by his supporters on the liberal left.
By Barry Grey, 6 December 2010
I urge all readers of the World Socialist Web Site to donate as generously as possible to support the work of the WSWS. Your help is vital in enabling us to deepen the fight to bring a socialist analysis, perspective and program to the broadest possible international audience.
23 November 2010
The national secretary of the SEP (Canada), Keith Jones, will speak in Vancouver, Saturday, December 4 on “The breakdown of world capitalism—a socialist perspective for the working class.”
By David Walsh, 17 November 2010
The latest Democratic surrender to the Republican right has provoked a new round of handwringing from members of the official liberal meda.
Socialist Equality Party public meetings in Britain
15 November 2010
The Socialist Equality Party is convening a series of public meetings as the basis for instigating a politically independent mass social movement against austerity.
A government of, by, and for the rich
By Tom Eley, 13 November 2010
The move by the Obama White House in the wake of the midterm election toward extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich demonstrates the stranglehold of the financial aristocracy over government and both big business parties.
By Chris Marsden, 13 November 2010
On July 1, 2008, the WSWS drew attention to the broader significance of the support extended by prominent writers for the Guardian and Observer to Conservative MP David Davis.
By Andre Damon, 13 November 2010
Only days after the a Los Angeles television station reported an unexplained missile launch off of the coast of California, the American media has completely dropped coverage of the event.
By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality (Britain), 13 November 2010
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality call on working people and students to oppose the vicious witch-hunt of those involved in the anti-education cuts protest at Conservative Party HQ.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2010
The former president defended every crime committed by his administration, from the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the use of torture, to the abandonment of New Orleans and the Gulf coast during Hurricane Katrina.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2010
In his memoir to be released next week, former US President George W. Bush boasts of having personally given the order to the CIA to employ the torture method of waterboarding.
By D’Artagnan Collier and SEP candidate for Michigan Legislature, 6 November 2010
The results of the 2010 elections, in Detroit and Michigan, and indeed in every state and city across the country, express the complete political disenfranchisement of the population.
SEP public meeting
4 November 2010
Musicians in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are striking against attempts by DSO management to force through a 33 percent cut in base pay and reduction in the pay for new-hires of 42 percent, along with sharply reduced health coverage and a freeze in pensions. The musicians have insisted that at stake are not only their own living conditions, but the future of the orchestra itself.
4 November 2010
The Socialist Equality Party will be holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 10 to mark 70 years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky by a Stalinist assailant.
By Nancy Hanover, 4 November 2010
The second of a two-part series on the history and predatory policies of the student loan industry.
By Statement International Students for Social Equality, 2 November 2010
The ISSE calls on students to oppose the Sri Lankan government’s new higher education act, which will pave the way for private universities.
By Barry Grey, 1 November 2010
In what has become a regular feature of American public life—especially on the eve of major elections—the airwaves were taken over Friday by breathless reports of a new terror threat.
SEP candidate for Michigan legislature
By Shannon Jones, 1 November 2010
Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives D’Artagnan Collier explained the socialist response to the crisis in Detroit at an October 28 election meeting.
Break with Obama and the Democrats
By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 30 October 2010
The following leaflet will be distributed to participants at the October 30 “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington DC called by comedian Jon Stewart.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2010
The editorial pages of two of the most prominent newspapers of the US ruling establishment rushed to claim the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile as a triumph for free-market capitalism.
By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2010
SEP candidate for the Michigan state legislature D’Artagnan Collier received an attentive response speaking before a class of history students at Wayne State University in Detroit on October 20.
By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2010
The mass strikes mounted in the last week by workers in France against the pension cuts of President Nicolas Sarkozy have attracted the ire of Roger Cohen, the New York Times’ chief foreign affairs editor.
Mehring Books featured titles
14 October 2010
Whither France by Leon Trotsky and French Workers in Revolt by David Walsh are two titles that give readers important insights into the political questions raised by the mass strikes now taking place in France.
By Lawrence Porter, 13 October 2010
D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for the Michigan state legislature, spoke to Detroit Symphony Orchestra strikers and supporters at an October 10 concert.
11 October 2010
We are publishing in serialised form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the final part.
8 October 2010
We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the ninth part.
By Lawrence Porter, 6 October 2010
D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for the 9th District in Michigan, campaigned this weekend among workers and students at a food charity and at a local community college.
6 October 2010
We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the seventh part.
4 October 2010
We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the fifth part.
Break with Obama, the Democratic Party and the AFL-CIO
By Socialist and International Students for Social Equality, 2 October 2010
The following leaflet will be distributed to participants at a rally on October 2, in Washington, DC, organized by the AFL-CIO and sections of the Democratic Party, under the slogan, “One Nation Working Together: For Jobs, Justice and Education for All.”
By David Walsh, 2 October 2010
As its “Idea of the Day” on September 29, the New York Times posted an absurd and slanderous article entitled, “Communism’s Nuremberg” by French rightwing pundit Guy Sorman.
By of D’Artagnan Collier and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Michigan legislature, 2 October 2010
This statement has been issued by D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Michigan House of Representatives (9th District) and a founding member of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs.
2 October 2010
We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the fourth part.
1 October 2010
We are publishing in serialized form the document adopted by the Founding Congress of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) on May 23, 2010. Today we post the third part.
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2010
Less than six weeks before the midterm congressional elections, the political initiative rests entirely with the Republicans and the most right-wing sections of the US political establishment.
An important series of meetings in Berlin
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 September 2010
Professor Alexander Rabinowitch, the renowned American historian, will hold a public lecture at the Humboldt University in Berlin in mid-October.
By ISSE, 18 September 2010
This statement has been issued by the International Students for Social Equality in the US, the student organization of the Socialist Equality Party, for the beginning of the fall semester.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2010
Prosecutors in Detroit, operating on behalf of DTE Energy, are accusing a local landlord and his handyman of illegally restoring heat and electricity to tenants whose service was cut off by the utility company.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 6 September 2010
It is with a great sense of loss that we report the untimely death of comrade Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), the Sri Lankan section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). Piyaseeli was a lifelong Trotskyist, a Marxist scholar, and fighter for the interests of the international working class.
Program of the Socialist Equality Party
6 September 2010
The following document was adopted by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held August 11-15, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Program of the Socialist Equality Party Part two
3 September 2010
The following document was adopted by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held August 11-15, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The document is being published in three parts.
Resolution of the Socialist Equality Party Congress
30 August 2010
This resolution on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the split between the International Committee of the Fourth International and the British Workers Revolutionary Party was passed unanimously by the first regular National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held from August 11-15, 2010.
By our correspondents, 21 August 2010
The Socialist Equality Party election meetings this week commemorated the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky and the significance of his principled struggle for the working class today.
By Nick Beams, 21 August 2010
Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Nick Beams delivered this speech to the SEP’s final election meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on August 18 and August 19.
By our reporters, 21 August 2010
The SEP held meetings this week in Melbourne and Sydney entitled “Seventy years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky: The Fourth International and the Perspective of the Socialist Equality Party”.
By our reporter, 21 August 2010
Carolyn Kennett, the SEP candidate in the Sydney seat of Reid, exposed the role of the Greens, and the efforts of the teacher unions to promote them, when she addressed a public education forum.
New pamphlet from Mehring Books
18 August 2010
Mehring Books is proud to announce the publication of The June 2010 Political Coup: A warning to the working class, a powerful collection of articles, comments and political statements analysing the extraordinary political coup that removed Kevin Rudd as Australian prime minister.
By James Cogan, 18 August 2010
The SEP candidate for Grayndler, James Cogan, was interviewed at length on the party’s policies and historical perspective on Sydney community station Radio Skid Row on Tuesday.
By our reporters, 18 August 2010
Over the past week, Socialist Equality Party candidate Chris Gordon was interviewed on community radio and addressed a local candidates’ meeting organised by Falun Gong, but was barred from speaking at a “Make Poverty History” forum.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2010
Right-wing professors and politicians are promoting a new right-wing party. They hope to exploit the frustration arising from a return of the Social Democrats and Greens to power.
By our correspondent, 17 August 2010
In a lively debate, Holt crossed swords with the candidates of the Labor Party, the Greens and the ex-left Socialist Alliance on a range of issues from the Afghan war to climate change and, in doing so, outlined the SEP’s socialist alternative.
By a reporting team, 17 August 2010
D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives 9th District, spoke to area residents about utility shutoffs.
“Rudd’s removal was a putsch by the mining companies”
By our correspondents, 16 August 2010
Socialist Equality Party members and supporters have won important support from workers and youth in the federal electorate of Blaxland for the party’s policies over the past four weeks.
By Alex Messenger, 16 August 2010
Returns on Australian compulsory superannuation savings, a scheme sold to workers as a substitute for the old-age pension, have barely surpassed the rate of inflation over the last 14 years.
By our correspondent, 16 August 2010
The Socialist Equality Party in Britain held two meetings last week, part of a series advancing a socialist programme to oppose the massive austerity cuts outlined by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 August 2010
In his attack on the German welfare state the journalist Götz Aly speaks on behalf of an increasingly unstable petit-bourgeois social layer that tossed aside its youthful radicalism a long time ago and has been able to forge a lucrative career during the past three decades.
By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2010
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs denounced liberal critics of the Obama administration, claiming those who compared Obama to George Bush “ought to be drug tested.”
ISSE meeting in Wellington, New Zealand
11 August 2010
The International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) will hold a meeting at Victoria University, Wellington to discuss the impact of the deepening global economic crisis on the working class, internationally and in New Zealand.
By Mike Head, 11 August 2010
Socialist Equality Party candidate Mike Head spoke at a public meeting last Sunday on the erosion of basic legal and democratic rights, and its connection to the backroom coup that installed Julie Gillard as prime minister.
By Tanya Baptist and SEP candidate for Gellibrand, 11 August 2010
The royal commission’s final report makes no direct criticism of the Victorian Labor government, or its predecessors, whose budget-cutting policies were responsible for the high death toll on “Black Saturday”.
SEP public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne
Seventy years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky: The Fourth International and the Perspective of the Socialist Equality Party
11 August 2010
SEP candidates will address final election campaign meetings on the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky, the founding of the Fourth International and the perspective of the Socialist Equality Party.
By James Cogan, 9 August 2010
Socialist Equality Party candidate James Cogan spoke at a public meeting last Thursday in his electorate of Grayndler against the rise of militarism and the US-led occupation of Afghanistan.
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 August 2010
The Socialist Equality Party held two public meetings in the Gulf Coast last week, centering on the political implications of the BP oil spill.