Editorials

SEP (Australia) relaunches party web site

29 July 2010

The Socialist Equality Party has relaunched its website, www.sep.org.au, featuring the SEP’s 2010 election statement, profiles of its candidates and information on the campaign.

Police killing in Oakland, California

The Oscar Grant verdict: some political lessons

By Kevin Kearney, 21 July 2010

The July 8 jury verdict of involuntary manslaughter (accidental killing) for police officer Johannes Mehserle is a travesty of justice.

SEP public meetings in New Orleans and Mobile

The Gulf oil disaster and capitalism

21 July 2010

The SEP will hold public meetings in the US Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Alabama in early August to discuss the causes and consequences of the BP oil spill disaster.

Greetings and report from the US SEP to conferences in Australia

American capitalism’s decline and the tasks of the working class

By Jerry White, 16 July 2010

Jerry White delivered the following report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.

The global economic crisis and the political coup in Australia

By Nick Beams, 15 July 2010

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary Nick Beams delivered the following opening report to conferences on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism,” convened by the SEP and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney and Melbourne.

Der Spiegel defends the Afghan war

By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2010

A recent article in Der Spiegel on the war in Afghanistan and democracy is essentially a manifesto for war linked to a fatalistic type of jingoism.

SEP (Australia) conferences pass resolution

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

14 July 2010

The following resolution was passed unanimously at conferences convened by the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and the International Students for Social Equality in Sydney, July 4, and Melbourne, July 11, 2010.

Latest edition of WSWS Perspectives now available

14 July 2010

The June 2010 WSWS Perspectives is now available at Mehring Books. Special pricing in effect!

Mass roundup in Sri Lankan capital: a sharp warning to the working class

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 13 July 2010

The recent military-police crackdown against impoverished slum dwellers in Colombo is a warning of the police-state methods being used to implement the Rajapakse government’s “economic war”.

Dare more dictatorship! Professor Münkler praises authoritarian rule

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 July 2010

A professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University has appealed for an effort to overcome the ghosts of Germany's past and speak impartially about "the need for a Bonapartist solution".

Australian PM Gillard and the reactionary nostrum of “border protection”

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2010

Announcing the revamping of the Australian government’s asylum seeker policy on Tuesday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard drew deeply from the well of nationalist, xenophobic and racist doctrines that has been a central source of the policies and ideology of the Australian Labor Party throughout its 120-year history.

James P. Cannon on Independence Day

From Karl Marx to the Fourth of July

By James P. Cannon, 3 July 2010

We are posting today for the benefit of our readers an article authored by James P. Cannon, published in The Militanton July 16, 1951. Cannon (1890-1974) was a founding member of the Trotskyist movement in the US and a longtime leader of American Trotskyism.

Mehring Books 2010 Summer Sale

3 July 2010

Mehring Books is offering reduced pricing during its 2010 Summer Sale.

Attend SEP (Australia) meetings in Perth and Newcastle

The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism and the Case for Socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 July 2010

The sudden ousting of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is another expression of the political convulsions arising from the worsening global economic crisis. The SEP meetings will be forums to discuss the program necessary to build a genuine socialist movement of the Australian and international working class.

The New York Times and pacemaker “overtreatment”

By Kate Randall and David North, 30 June 2010

The News York Times continues its campaign against “unnecessary” medical treatments and procedures, this time targeting “overtreatment” with artificial pacemakers.

The Australian Labor Party coup: a warning to the working class

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 June 2010

Julia Gillard’s installation as prime minister last Thursday through an unprecedented coup within the Labor apparatus stands as an ominous warning to the working class.

For revolutionary socialist opposition to Sarkozy’s austerity

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 23 June 2010

Workers marching in France against pension cuts on June 24 are at a crossroads, with broad masses of workers concluding that old forms of opposition—”days of action” called by the trade unions—will not halt government austerity policies.

Public Meetings: The Gulf oil crisis and the profit system

21 June 2010

The SEP will be holding public meetings on the Gulf oil disaster in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Portland.

Dr. Richard Cooper, critic of Dartmouth health study, speaks to the WSWS

Why don’t they go into the middle of Detroit … and say, “Poverty makes almost no difference in health care spending”?

By Joanne Laurier, 21 June 2010

On June 2, the New York Times published an article calling into question the research and policy proposals of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. The WSWS spoke recently to Dr. Richard Cooper, one of the Dartmouth group’s strongest critics.

“Socialism 2010”: The politics of the International Socialist Organization Part 2: The ISO and Barack Obama

By David Walsh, 19 June 2010

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) and the Socialist Worker are sponsoring upcoming conferences in Chicago and Oakland, California under the banner “Socialism 2010.” What is the nature of these meetings?

“Socialism 2010”: The politics of the International Socialist Organization

Part 1: The ISO and the American middle-class left

By David Walsh, 18 June 2010

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) and Socialist Worker are sponsoring upcoming conferences in Chicago and Oakland, California under the banner “Socialism 2010.” What is the nature of these meetings?

The presence of Tariq Ali at the “Socialism 2010” conference

By David Walsh, 18 June 2010

If a political meeting is to be judged by its featured speakers, then the presence of Tariq Ali at “Socialism 2010” is pretty definitive. Ali is a political opportunist of the worst sort, as demonstrated by his decades-long political record.

UAW convention endorses policy of wage cuts, layoffs

By Jerry White, 17 June 2010

The United Auto Workers 35th constitutional convention concluding today in Detroit demonstrates that the UAW is an organization distant from and hostile to the rank-and-file auto workers.

Washington “discovers” Afghanistan’s mineral wealth

By Alex Lantier, 15 June 2010

The New York Times’ description of Pentagon plans to hand over Afghan mineral riches to major international mining corporations and financial firms exposes the imperialist character of the NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

SEP to run D’Artagnan Collier for Michigan State House of Representatives

11 June 2010

The Socialist Equality Party is running D’Artagnan Collier for Michigan State House of Representative in the 9th District for the November 2 elections.

Helen Thomas ousted over anti-Zionist comments

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2010

The ouster of veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, after an anti-Israeli comment, is yet another demonstration of the politically foul and utterly conformist milieu of official Washington.

Britain: The middle class politics of POWER2010 and Take Back Parliament

By Dave Hyland, 9 June 2010

POWER2010 is an organisation claiming that if enough pressure is placed on Parliament, progressive changes can be made to state institutions and electoral voting procedures.

An appeal to DTE workers

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 2 June 2010

The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs calls on DTE employees to refuse to shut off utilities to Detroit residents. CAUS members and supporters distributed this letter to DTE workers on Tuesday.

CAUS campaign continues

The profit motive and utility shutoffs

By Andrea Peters, 28 May 2010

In this comment, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) explains why the provision of electricity and gas on the basis of private profit can neither guarantee essential services nor ensure that workers in the utility industry have jobs and a decent standard of living.

Michigan teacher pension “reform” attacks public education

By Walter Gilberti and Andrea Peters, 24 May 2010

The bill signed last Wednesday by Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm changing the Michigan Public Schools Employees Retirement System is a sweeping attack on public school teachers and the state’s educational system.

Noam Chomsky barred from entering West Bank

By David Walsh, 19 May 2010

Israeli authorities barred Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a well-known critic of Zionist policy, from entering the occupied West Bank Sunday.

An appeal to DTE workers

By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 5 May 2010

On April 29, workers and young people at a Detroit meeting initiated by the SEP voted to establish the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS). The committee issued a statement appealing to workers at DTE Energy to refuse instructions to shut off gas and electric service to working class families. (Download in PDF.)

Mehring Books announces spring sale

Many discounted bundles and titles to choose from

4 May 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to announce its Spring sale, which runs from now until May 17. Many book bundles and individual titles are now available at discounted prices.

Full rights for all immigrants! For the international unity of the working class!

By Socialist Equality Party, 30 April 2010

This statement of the Socialist Equality Party will be distributed at mass demonstrations in the US on May 1 in opposition to the anti-immigrant bill signed into law in Arizona.

US soldiers’ stories: The terrible cost of Washington’s wars

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2010

The “letter of reconciliation” to the Iraqi people written by two recent veterans and their subsequent public statements point to deepening opposition among American working people and within the ranks of the military itself to the continuing US wars.

Britain: Tragic suicide highlights plight of young unemployed

By Statement by Robert Skelton and SEP candidate for Manchester Central, 28 April 2010

On March 31, a young, bright, popular and talented 21-year-old took her life with a massive overdose of drugs.

Obama seizes on Arizona law to push repressive immigration overhaul

By Tom Eley, 28 April 2010

The anti-immigrant law passed in Arizona last week has caused widespread shock and anger, and a wave of protests in Arizona and across the US. The Obama administration is seeking to use the measure to push through its own reactionary immigration “reform.”

Video: SEP candidate addresses Oxford Union

28 April 2010

On April 20, David O’Sullivan, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, spoke at an election hustings organised by the Stop the War Coalition.

Resolutions of the Conference on Social Crisis & War

23 April 2010

These resolutions were passed unanimously at the SEP Emergency Conference on the Social Crisis & War, held April 17-18 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Introductory remarks: On the capitalist crisis and the economic “recovery”

By Joe Kishore, 23 April 2010

This report was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Joseph Kishore to introduce the SEP/WSWS Emergency Conference on the Social Crisis & War.

WSWS verifies Massey’s threat to fire miners who took off work to attend funerals

By Samuel Davidson, 21 April 2010

WSWS coverage of the April 5 disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, which killed 29 miners, has aroused considerable interest and even controversy.

Video: SEP participates in Oxford East hustings on electoral reform

19 April 2010

The Socialist Equality Party of Britain is standing David O’Sullivan in the Oxford East constituency for the May 6 general election.

Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue fire: Utility Shutoffs and the social crisis in Detroit

Findings of the Commission

13 April 2010

The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire publishes its findings and recommendations.

From the catalog of Mehring Books

Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy

History of US miners’ struggles brought to life

9 April 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to offer Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy at a special discounted price. Published in 1990, this 68-page illustrated, perfect-bound pamphlet provides valuable background on the historic struggles of coal miners in the United States.

Defence Minister Guttenberg: Germany at war in Afghanistan

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 April 2010

The German defence minister has acknowledged that the German army is involved in war in Afghanistan.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meetings: General Election 2010

9 April 2010

The SEP in Britain is announcing two public meetings

Latest edition of Perspectives now available

Special offer for subscribers

8 April 2010

The latest edition of Perspectives, a journal of the World Socialist Web Site, is now available from Mehring Books.

Oppose furloughs and all school cuts! For a working class movement to defend public education!

By Socialist Equality Party, 6 April 2010

The following statement will be distributed to teachers in California who will be voting April 7-9 on proposed contract revisions that would cut five days from the current school year and seven days next year.

Public Meeting

Findings of the Citizens Inquiry into Dexter Avenue Fire

3 April 2010

The Citizens Inquiry will hold a report-back meeting in Detroit to release the findings from its public hearing, held on March 20.

Obama’s Afghan visit: laying down the law to a US puppet

By David Walsh, 1 April 2010

The recent visit by President Barack Obama to Afghanistan, and its coverage in the American media, helped clarify the nature of Washington’s relationship to the regime in Kabul.

An American liberal looks at health care systems around the globe

By Fred Mazelis, 29 March 2010

The Healing of America, by longtime Washington Post journalist T.R. Reid, a proponent of health care reform, raises some important issues, despite the severe inadequacy of both its analysis and its prescriptions for change.

New release from Mehring Books

The Crisis of the World Capitalist System: Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party 2008-2010

27 March 2010

This new release from Mehring Books contains reports by David North and Joe Kishore analyzing the character, historical origins, and political implications of the current global economic crisis.

A socialist program to defend education

27 March 2010

This meeting hosted by the ISSE and SEP will discuss a socialist perspective on which a struggle for the defense of public education must be based.

Seven years since the US invasion of Iraq

The crisis of American capitalism and the war against Iraq

By David North, 20 March 2010

On this, the seventh anniversary of the US war against Iraq, we are reposting a statement by David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, which was originally published by the WSWS on March 21, 2003, at the onset of the US invasion.

The Hurt Locker and the rehabilitation of the Iraq war: New York Times journalists weigh in

By David Walsh, 16 March 2010

On Sunday and Monday, the New York Times carried no fewer than three columns in which the supposed merits of The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow’s award-winning film about the Iraq war, were extolled.

Winter Recommended Reading Series

Ann Talbot: Charting a revolutionary perspective for the Spanish working class

By Ann Talbot, 16 March 2010

The final installment in Mehring Book’s Winter Recommended Reading Series. Ann Talbot discusses The Spanish Revolution (1931-1939) by Leon Trotsky.

WSWS posts founding document of Socialist Equality Party (US) in Spanish

Las bases históricas e internacionales del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad

15 March 2010

The World Socialist Web Site today begins the publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party in Spanish—Las bases históricas e internacionales del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad—adopted at the Founding Conference of the SEP in August 2008.

The Hurt Locker, the Academy Awards and the rehabilitation of the Iraq war

By David Walsh, 11 March 2010

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony was a spectacle of banality and cowardice. The most highly rewarded films, The Hurt Locker, Precious and Inglourious Basterds, embody something retrograde and foul in the film industry, and all fly under false flags.

A photographic exposé of the social crisis in Detroit

10 March 2010

A collection of photographs taken in the Detroit neighborhoods where lethal house fires recently took place.

From the catalog of Mehring Books

The Truth Behind the Mack Avenue Fire

9 March 2010

In connection with the Citizens Inquiry sponsored by the Socialist Equality Party into the recent fire on Dexter Avenue in Detroit and the social conditions that gave rise to it, Mehring Books is recommending to readers The Truth Behind the Mack Avenue Fire.

Authorities, media launch witch-hunt against Sylvia Young

Who are the real criminals behind the Detroit house fires?

By Tom Eley, 8 March 2010

Detroit area media and city and state authorities have launched a witch-hunt against Sylvia Young, the mother of three young children who died in a March 2 house fire on Bangor Street in Detroit.

THAW, United Way: No help for utility shutoffs

By Nancy Hanover, 8 March 2010

In the aftermath of the deaths of 14 Detroiters as a result of utility shutoffs over the last two months, the media, the utility company and state and local officials have attempted to shift the blame onto the victims, claiming they failed to seek the help that is readily available.

Winter Recommended Reading Series

Patrick Martin: “A deeply rewarding intellectual journey”

The History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2010

Mehring Books is continuing its Winter Recommended Reading Series with a comment by Patrick Martin about Leon Trotsky’s The History of the Russian Revolution.

Class and justice in America: The Supreme Court and Enron felon Jeffrey Skilling

By Barry Grey, 5 March 2010

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Skilling’s appeal of his 2006 conviction for fraud and conspiracy in connection with the December 2001 collapse of the energy giant Enron.

For a working class movement to defend education!

By International Students for Social Equality, 4 March 2010

This statement is being distributed at rallies on March 4th throughout the US in opposition to attacks on public education. Click here for a pdf version to download and distribute in your area.

Former British Labour Party leader Michael Foot dies

By Chris Marsden, 4 March 2010

Former Labour Party leader Michael Foot died yesterday. His political legacy is best measured by the fact that the working class, in a political sense, is far weaker today than it was at the time of his birth 96 years ago.

February 2010 edition of WSWS Perspectives now available

2 March 2010

The February 2010 edition of WSWS Perspectives is now available from Mehring Books.

Germany: Left Party, Greens cancel appearances by historian Norman Finkelstein

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 February 2010

The cancellation by the Left Party and the Greens of meetings to be addressed by the American academic, Norman Finkelstein, represents a blatant and cowardly act of political censorship.

Many unanswered questions as FBI closes anthrax case

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2010

The FBI closed the anthrax investigation with the conclusion that scientist Bruce Ivins was solely responsible. However, there are many important political questions about how and why the anthrax mailings were utilized as part of the Bush administration’s campaign for the US invasion of Iraq.

Attend the fact-finding inquiry

The Dexter Avenue fire: Utility shutoffs and the social crisis in Detroit

By Socialist Equality Party, 25 February 2010

The SEP is calling on workers, young people and all those concerned about the worsening social conditions in Detroit to participate in a fact-finding inquiry into the January 5 house fire on Dexter Ave. which killed three residents living without utilities.

Winter Recommended Reading Series

Nick Beams: “A brilliant introduction to dialectical and historical materialism”

The Essential Marx

23 February 2010

Mehring Books continues its Winter Recommended Reading Series with a suggestion from Nick Beams.

Obama’s preventive war and the end of Nuremberg

By Richard Hoffman, 20 February 2010

The first in a two-part series examining the significance of US President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech and his repudiation of Nuremberg principles, in the context of the history and development of international law.

Canada’s Supreme Court rules foreign policy trumps citizens’ rights

By Keith Jones, 19 February 2010

The tensions and behind-the-scenes conflicts between the branches of government and various state institutions are invariably being resolved at the expense of basic democratic rights.

Winter Recommended Reading Series

Shannon Jones: “One of the best short political biographies of Marx and Engels ever written”

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: An Introduction to Their Lives and Work

18 February 2010

Mehring Books is continuing its Winter Recommended Reading Series with a comment by Shannon Jones on David Riazanov’s biography of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

New York Times history lesson on civilian control of the military: Why now?

By Tom Eley, 17 February 2010

The New York Times’ decision to run a column stressing military subordination to civilian authorities comes amid growing assertiveness and impunity of the military and intelligence establishments.

A comment on the Vancouver Winter Olympics

The unnecessary death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili

By Jack Miller, 16 February 2010

The tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre north of Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday continues to cast a dark cloud over the Winter Olympic Games.

An appreciation of the life of Paula Claire Schuman (1948-2010)

By Helen Halyard, 12 February 2010

Paula Schuman, a former member of the Workers League (forerunner to the Socialist Equality Party) and specialist in infectious diseases and AIDS, died on January 10, 2010 at her home in Davenport, Iowa.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns opposition candidate’s arrest

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 February 2010

Fonseka’s detention is a fundamental attack on democratic rights that foreshadows the consolidation of a police-state regime under President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Unite New York City teachers, students, workers to stop school closings and cuts

By Socialist Equality Party, 10 February 2010

Defying citywide protests, New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is escalating school closings and budget cuts. The Socialist Equality Party calls upon students, teachers and workers to initiate mass resistance to this attack on public education.

Why the media silence on the Flight 253 bombing hearings?

By Alex Lantier, 10 February 2010

In keeping silent on evidence of the US government’s role in the failed Flight 253 bombing, the mass media are helping to facilitate more anti-democratic plots.

International Students for Social Equality meetings in Britain

A socialist programme to defend education

9 February 2010

The International Students for Social Equality is holding a series of meetings in the UK to advance a socialist programme in opposition to the cuts in higher and further education by the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

What’s at stake in the Canadian intervention in Afghanistan?

By Richard Dufour, 6 February 2010

The Harper government’s suspension of parliament, an act carried out to try to hide the brutal reality of the Canadian Armed Forces’ “Afghan Mission,” underscores the close connection between the growth of militarism in Canada and the threat to the democratic rights of its citizens.

Newly available at Mehring Books

Pamphlet on Haitian history available in French

4 February 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to announce the availability in French of a pamphlet that reviews the record of imperialist oppression in Haiti.

The Crisis in American Filmmaking and Cultural Life 

WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh to speak at New York public meeting

2 February 2010

How have writers and directors in the US, and artists more generally, responded to the events of the first decade of the 21st century—the Bush years, 9/11, the military invasions and neo-colonial wars, the growth in social inequality, the malignant crisis of American society? 

Perspective and tasks of the Socialist Equality Party in 2010

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 1 February 2010

The following is an amended version of a report submitted to a national aggregate meeting of the Socialist Equality Party in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 9, 2010. David North is the national chairman of the SEP. Joseph Kishore is the national secretary of the SEP.

January edition of WSWS Perspectives journal now available

10 percent off at Mehring Books with a one-year subscription

1 February 2010

The January edition of WSWS Perspectives—a monthly chronicle of the Perspectives articles posted on the World Socialist Web Site—is now available from Mehring Books.

Winter Recommended Reading Series

Tom Eley: The Revolution Betrayed is among the greatest political works of the 20th century

By Tom Eley, 29 January 2010

Mehring Books is continuing its Winter Recommended Reading Series, in which it invites WSWS writers to share their thoughts with readers about works of Marxist literature that have influenced them and explain why.

Mehring Books promotional sale ends Monday

Last chance to buy books at up to 50 percent off

29 January 2010

On Monday, Mehring Books will be ending its promotion sale marking the launching of its new web site.

Pamphlet on Haitian history available from Mehring Books

27 January 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to make available to readers of the World Socialist Web Site a pamphlet from its archives that provides historical background to the events currently unfolding in Haiti.

New York Times columnist worries over Obama’s “credibility gap”

By Jerry White, 27 January 2010

Written a week after the Democrats’ electoral debacle in Massachusetts, a column by Bob Herbert, a liberal supporter of the president, expresses concern over growing popular opposition to the administration.

The Nation praises US intervention in Haiti

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2010

The Nation reacted to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the earthquake in Haiti and exacerbated by the US military occupation of the country by praising the Obama administration.

Protests against shutdown of Canadian parliament

A socialist policy to defend democratic rights

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 23 January 2010

Demonstrations and rallies are being held in cities across Canada this Saturday to protest against the minority Conservative government’s two-month shutdown of parliament.

Vote for Wije Dias, SEP presidential candidate

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 January 2010

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) calls on workers and youth to vote for Wije Dias, its presidential candidate in the January 26 elections. Dias is the only candidate advocating a socialist program and fighting for the interests of the working class.

ISSE Public Meetings:

The social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake tragedy

22 January 2010

The ISSE announces a series of meetings examining the social and political roots of the Haiti earthquake disaster.

The Democratic debacle in Massachusetts

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2010

The Republican victory in Tuesday’s election to fill the Senate seat from Massachusetts vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy is a staggering setback to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party.

Winter Recommended Reading Series

David Walsh: Reading Voronsky on art today is to breathe fresh air

21 January 2010

Mehring Books is pleased to announce its Winter Recommended Reading Series, in which WSWS writers have been invited to share thoughts with the web site’s readers about works of Marxist literature that have influenced them and explain why.

Liberalism and Wall Street

By Barry Grey, 16 January 2010

In an op-ed piece published January 10, New York Times columnist Frank Rich paints an accurate picture of the American political system, “where the banking lobby rules in both parties and the revolving door between finance and government never stops spinning.”

Join the International Students for Social Equality!

14 January 2010

The following statement is being distributed by the International Students for Social Equality in the US as schools open for the new semester.

Diane Sawyer and ABC News pay tribute to remote control drone killings

By David Walsh, 14 January 2010

On Tuesday night’s ABC evening news, Diane Sawyer and two colleagues, David Muir and Bill Weir, devoted an extended segment to extolling the merits of the US Air Force’s Predator drones and their deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

Sri Lankan SEP launches election web site

13 January 2010

The Sri Lankan section of the ICFI launches a new web site to make the party’s analysis available simultaneously in the island’s three main languages—English, Sinhala and Tamil.