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.
By our correspondents, 9 August 2010
The Socialist Equality Party held a public meeting last week to oppose a recent police-military operation against slum dwellers in the Colombo suburb of Mattakkuliya.
By Tom Eley, 7 August 2010
The US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki stand among the most savage acts of violence against a civilian population ever committed. Sixty-five years later, they remain shrouded in lies and obfuscation.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
14 July 2010
The June 2010 WSWS Perspectives is now available at Mehring Books. Special pricing in effect!
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”.
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".
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
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.
3 July 2010
Mehring Books is offering reduced pricing during its 2010 Summer Sale.
Attend SEP (Australia) meetings in Perth and Newcastle
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.
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.
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.
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.
21 June 2010
The SEP will be holding public meetings on the Gulf oil disaster in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Portland.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
13 April 2010
The Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire publishes its findings and recommendations.
From the catalog of Mehring Books
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 April 2010
The German defence minister has acknowledged that the German army is involved in war in Afghanistan.
9 April 2010
The SEP in Britain is announcing two public meetings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 March 2010
The February 2010 edition of WSWS Perspectives is now available from Mehring Books.
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.
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
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
The Essential Marx
23 February 2010
Mehring Books continues its Winter Recommended Reading Series with a suggestion from Nick Beams.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.