Editorials

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.

World Socialist Web Site announces launch of new perspectives journal

13 January 2010

The World Socialist Web Site and Mehring Books are pleased to announce the launch of a new monthly journal—WSWS Perspectives.

New sale bundles available at Mehring Books!

Save up to 32 percent

12 January 2010

Mehring Books is offering three additional sale bundles to mark the launching of its new web site in January 2010.

Special discounts and new features available at Mehring Books online

5 January 2010

With the launch of its improved web site, Mehring Books is pleased to make available a number of special, limited-time offers.

SEP manifesto for the 2010 Sri Lankan presidential election

A socialist program to fight for social equality and democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 January 2010

The SEP calls on workers and youth to support our candidate Wije Dias and participate in our campaign for the January 26, 2010 presidential election in Sri Lanka.

Mehring Books launches new web site

Special promotional offers

4 January 2010

The new web site incorporates user reviews, author biographies, slideshows, book previews and other interactive features.

The human cost of the AfPak War

By James Cogan, 4 January 2010

The year 2009 ended as the bloodiest thus far of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan and the associated Pakistani operations in the tribal regions of North West Pakistan.

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Questions mount over attempt to bomb Detroit-bound jetliner

By Patrick Martin, 1 January 2010

The official claim that US intelligence agencies were unable to detect the plot to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253, despite many warnings months in advance, is simply not credible.

An appeal to support the World Socialist Web Site

By Joe Kishore, 21 December 2009

Help support the most important resource of the international working class in the struggle against war and exploitation.

25 years after world’s worst industrial disaster, Bhopal victims languish in neglect

By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2009

Twenty-five years after the worst industrial accident in history, hundreds of thousands of long-suffering victims in Bhopal continue to be treated with neglect and even contempt by every faction of the Indian establishment.

The Tiger Woods episode: Money, the media, and the “path to redemption”

By David Walsh, 16 December 2009

The American media is generally full of rubbish, but more rubbish has been written and broadcast about Tiger Woods and his affairs than any other subject in some time.

Kunduz massacre: What is the German government hiding?

By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2009

Ten weeks after the Kunduz massacre, the German government is still conducting a systematic cover-up Details of the deadliest attack committed by German soldiers since the end of World War II only reach the public piecemeal, revealing ever-new contradictions.

New Feature: Automatic PDF printing

14 December 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has just launched a new way of printing and distributing articles. Our articles now have a ‘leaflet’ button on the top tool list.

Greece: A warning for European workers

By Marius Heuser, 11 December 2009

In the wake of the Greek budget crisis, EU institutions are preparing to assume direct responsibility for the country's budget policy—all at the behest of the finance elite.

Germany

Afghanistan war: SPD, Green Party and Left Party challenged by representatives of the Socialist Equality Party

By our reporter, 5 December 2009

At a meeting in Berlin the SPD, Greens and Left Party sought to provide political cover for the German government’s support for the Afghan war.

The pro-war Nation and Obama’s Afghan escalation

By David Walsh, 4 December 2009

The Nation magazine has responded to President Barack Obama’s announcement of an escalation of the Afghan war with efforts at damage control and a new attempt to mislead the US population and keep it within the bounds of the present political setup.

One year since Canada’s constitutional coup

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2009

One year ago today, Canada’s minority Conservative government in conjunction with the un-elected governor-general shut down parliament for two months so as to prevent the opposition parties from defeating the government.

After Obama’s Afghanistan speech

German military pushes to overturn post-war constraints

By Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2009

After over six decades as a nominally defensive force, the German military is once again claiming the right to kill the inhabitants of other countries with impunity. In view of Germany’s history, such a change does not take place without creating tensions and upheavals.

White House holds photo-op “jobs summit”

By Jerry White, 3 December 2009

In advance of President Obama’s “jobs summit” with corporate executives, economists and union officials, the White House reiterated its opposition to any government-funded jobs programs.

Mehring Books announces holiday sale!

2 December 2009

Purchase individual titles and bundles of books on special themes at up to 50 percent off through Mehring Books.

ISSE shows historic film Tsar to Lenin

30 November 2009

The CCNY chapter of the International Students for Social Equality will be hosting a showing of the classic documentary From Tsar to Lenin on Tuesday, December 1.

Why are women being told to forgo cervical cancer screenings?

By Kate Randall, 21 November 2009

Only days after a government panel recommended cutting back screenings for breast cancer, another body has advised that women undergo less frequent screenings for cervical cancer, and begin them at a later age.

Royal Mail strike: Britain’s Socialist Party defends union capitulation

By Tony Robson, 21 November 2009

The Socialist Party has mounted a vociferous defence of the sellout of the national postal strike by the Communication Workers Union.

New fashions in Canadian politics: Guide for immigrants promotes the monarchy and the military

By Jack Miller, 21 November 2009

Canada’s new guide for prospective citizens no longer pretends that Canada is about social programs and saving the environment. Instead, it celebrates a land reigned over by a monarch and that possesses a tough, no-nonsense military.

The NPA and France’s political-financial scandals

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 19 November 2009

The Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste’s (NPA) response to France’s political-financial scandals exemplifies its contempt for working class politics.

Goldman’s mea culpa

By Andre Damon, 19 November 2009

Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein said Tuesday that his firm did things that were “clearly wrong” and “has reason to apologize for.” His mea culpa, in response to growing public anger over the government-subsidized firm’s soaring profits, was issued in advance of next month’s announcement of record bonuses for Goldman executives and traders.

Britain: Socialist Workers Party colludes in postal strike sellout

By Tony Robson, 14 November 2009

Among the 17 members of the executive of the Communication Workers Union of Britain (CWU) who voted unanimously to call off the postal strikes scheduled for November 6 and 9 is union president and Socialist Workers Party (SWP) member Jane Loftus. The SWP has promoted Loftus in its weekly newspaper and presented her as being in the forefront of the postal dispute. It has made no comment on her role in calling off the strikes.

Mehring Verlag publishing house presents its redesigned web site

By Wolfgang Zimmermann, 11 November 2009

The publisher Arbeiterspresse (workers’ press), which since 1978 has published many brochures and books dealing with current political topics and the history of the workers’ movement, has recently changed its name to Mehring Verlag.

ISSE meetings in Britain

End the war in Afghanistan

No to wars of colonial conquest!

10 November 2009

The International Students for Social Equality proposes a new and socialist movement against war. Come and discuss this strategy at our meeting.

The Ford vote and the UAW’s defenders

By Jerry White, 9 November 2009

Last week’s defeat of the UAW-Ford concessions contract by the rank-and-file has not diminished the claims by various middle class organizations that all opposition should be channeled through the UAW.

Twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

The Christian Democrats celebrate Kohl, Bush and Gorbachev

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2009

At the end of October, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) organized a ceremony in Berlin’s Friedrichstadtpalast to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

ISSE meetings in Britain

End the war in Afghanistan

No to wars of colonial conquest!

30 October 2009

The International Students for Social Equality is holding a series of meetings to demand an end to the war in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of all occupying forces.

German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk defends racist remarks by central banker

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 October 2009

The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk has openly defended racist remarks made by German Central Bank executive member Thilo Sarrazin.

The “Balloon Boy” hoax, celebrity culture, and the American media

By Hiram Lee, 22 October 2009

The “Balloon Boy” hoax has been the subject of wall-to-wall coverage by the major US news networks. Yet another episode in which an unhealthy celebrity culture and media sensationalism have revealed themselves.

SEP public meetings in US

One year since the election of Obama: Illusion and reality

19 October 2009

The SEP (US) is hosting a series of meetings throughout the country reviewing the situation one year since the election of Obama.

“Obama’s War”: A glimpse of US debacle in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2009

“Obama’s War,” the hour-long television documentary aired on “Frontline” Tuesday, provides a telling glimpse of the debacle facing the US intervention in Afghanistan, but no real explanation of why the war is being fought.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman glorifies American militarism

By Patrick Martin, 13 October 2009

In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, the newspaper’s chief commentator on foreign affairs, Thomas L. Friedman, devotes his entire column to celebrating the role of the American military, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq, as a humanitarian and liberating force.

A new period of class struggle and inter-imperialist conflict

By Chris Marsden, 2 October 2009

The following remarks were given by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Britain, at an election-eve rally held Saturday, September 26, in Berlin by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG—Socialist Equality Party) of Germany.

Germany: Incoming government prepares attacks on working class

By Peter Schwarz, 30 September 2009

The results of Sunday’s federal election herald a period of intense social struggles in Germany.

Public Meeting in Richmond Virginia

Obama: The Class Issues

30 September 2009

The International Students for Social Equality calls this public meeting to discuss the historical origins of the Obama administration’s policies, as well as the perspective by which workers and students can oppose them.

ISSE meeting: Health care–the socialist response

28 September 2009

This meeting will analyze the character of Obama's health care overhaul and explain the socialist response—which proceeds from the interests of social need, not corporate profit.

For a fight against education cuts in California!

By International Students for Social Equality, 23 September 2009

This statement will be distributed to California university faculty, students and staff participating in a one-day walkout on September 24 to protest layoffs, pay cuts, and tuition increases. The ISSE at San Diego State University has called a rally on the same day.

Michigan Public Meeting

Lessons of the Oakland University professors’ strike

23 September 2009

The SEP and ISSE will be hosting this public meeting in Rochester, Michigan on September 24 to discuss the crisis of education and the lessons of the Oakland University professors’ strike.

Join the International Students for Social Equality

Build an ISSE club at your college or high school

By ISSE, 14 September 2009

The International Students for Social Equality calls on students worldwide to join the fight for socialism.

German SEP statement opposing an SPD-Left Party government

11 September 2009

This video opposing an SPD-Left Party government was posted by the German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG)

German SEP posts video statement against war in Afghanistan

9 September 2009

This video demanding the withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan was posted by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG.

Unite all Detroit area workers to defend public education and defeat the attack on jobs and living standards!

By Socialist Equality Party, 25 August 2009

The following statement by the SEP is being distributed to Detroit teachers rallying today against layoffs and wage and benefit concessions.

The firing of a German supermarket cashier: A case of class justice

An answer to Professor Rieble

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2009

German law professor attacks the World Socialist Web Site for its characterization of the sacking of a Berlin cashier as class justice.

Vote for the Socialist Equality Party in the German parliamentary elections

For a socialist answer to the capitalist crisis

18 August 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany, the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG), has issued its program for the parliamentary election being held September 27.

Canada: Worker resistance must be armed with a socialist strategy

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 July 2009

The Toronto and Windsor city worker strikes are part of growing working class resistance to big business’ drive to make the working class pay for the crisis of the profit system. But if this resistance is to not to be contained and derailed by the unions and NDP workers must draw far-reaching conclusions from the bitter reversals they have suffered over the past three decades.

Oppose budget cuts in California! Defend jobs and education! Unite workers behind a socialist program!

By of Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2009

With the backing of the Obama administration, Governor Schwarzenegger is seizing on the economic crisis gripping California to gut basic social programs upon which millions of people depend.

Video: D’Artagnan Collier speaks on Detroit mayoral campaign

8 July 2009

D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit Mayor, discusses the economic crisis and the political issues facing workers in Detroit.

Who is responsible for the Libyan refugee boat tragedy?

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 April 2009

On March 31 several hundred refugees drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. A large measure of responsibility for this tragedy rests with the European Union and its anti-immigration policy.

France: What are the politics of the March 19 demonstration?

By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2009

The legitimate anger of millions of workers who will participate in them notwithstanding, the March 19 demonstrations are a political fraud perpetrated on the workers by the unions and the left parties.

British liberals seek alliance with right in name of defending liberty

By Chris Marsden, 16 March 2009

Will Hutton was one of the most important speakers at the Convention on Modern Liberty conference in London on February 28, addressing the theme “Freedom and democracy after the market meltdown.”

For the unification of Europe on a socialist basis

Support the European election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party!

By of Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 20 February 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit) is participating in the European election this summer, advancing a socialist perspective for the unification of Europe.

A socialist perspective to end the war in Sri Lanka

Troops out of north and eastern Sri Lanka!

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 4 February 2009

This statement is being distributed by supporters of the World Socialist Web Site and the International Committee of the Fourth International at international demonstrations called to protest the attack by the Sri Lankan military against Tamil regions in the East and North of Sri Lanka.

Notes on the political and economic crisis of the world capitalist system

Perspective and tasks of the Socialist Equality Party in 2009

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 13 January 2009

This report was delivered to a Midwest aggregate meeting of the Socialist Equality Party held January 10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. David North is the national chairman of the SEP. Joseph Kishore is the national secretary of the SEP.

Why is American liberalism bankrupt? A history lesson for New York Times columnist Bob Herbert

By Tom Eley, 19 September 2008

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert’s September 9 column “Hold Your Heads Up” is a lamentation of US liberalism’s cowardice.

Answers to a radical numbskull: once more on the gulf between Marxism and protest politics

By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2000

On March 7, reader ML sent a letter, under the heading “Making the World Safe for Globalization,” which criticized the series of articles by Nick Beams of the WSWS Editorial Board contrasting the Marxist analysis of globalization to the attitude of middle class radicals. This letter denied that globalization represents anything new, or has any progressive aspect, contending it is merely a newfangled label for imperialism and that nothing more is required intellectually than to restate Lenin's analysis of world capitalism made some 85 years ago. Beams replied to this letter with a lengthy and carefully reasoned explanation, published March 15.

Victory of international defense campaign strengthens Tamil struggle

The SEP and the fight for the Socialist United States of Sri Lanka and Eelam

By ICFI on release SEP members by LTTE, 1 December 1998

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) of Sri Lanka has been able to confirm reports that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have released all the SEP members in their custody.

Permanent Revolution and the National Question Today

By David North, 17 May 1998

The following lecture was given by David North, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, on February 3, 1993 in Montreal. It was in commemoration of the life and political contribution of Keerthi Balasuriya, the longtime leader of the Sri Lankan section of International Committee of the Fourth International (then called the Revolutionary Communist League). Comrade Balasuriya died tragically of a heart attack in December 1987 at the age of thirty-nine.

Permanent Revolution and the National Question Today

By David North, 16 May 1998

The following lecture was given by David North, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, on February 3, 1993 in Montreal. It was in commemoration of the life and political contribution of Keerthi Balasuriya, the longtime leader of the Sri Lankan section of International Committee of the Fourth International (then called the Revolutionary Communist League). Comrade Balasuriya died tragically of a heart attack in December 1987 at the age of thirty-nine.