18 January 2019

Amid media blackout, workers expand strike
Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 18 January 2019

The strike at Matamoros is being blacked out by the corporate media because the ruling class is terrified of the prospect of workers uniting internationally in the fight for social equality.

Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border

Mass strike enters fifth day in Matamoros, Mexico
Thousands gather at mass meeting as maquiladora strike grows

“Those workers are setting an example, they are starting a movement”
Canadian and US autoworkers voice support for striking maquiladora workers in Mexico

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2019

The striking workers in Mexico include many employed by US and global auto parts suppliers who rely on their labor to fuel their massive profits.

Mexican, US workers exchange statements of support as Matamoros strike grows

Los Angeles teachers battle privatization as union vies to be partner in LAUSD restructuring

By Jerry White, 18 January 2019

The five-day strike by Los Angeles teachers has thrust educators into a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which has used the city and the state as a test case for school privatization.

A fighting strategy for California teachers

“All teachers have to get together from all the states”
Los Angeles teachers discuss need to expand strike as UTLA resumes talks to end walkout

Oakland, California teachers plan a one-day walkout Friday

More on teachers' struggles »

General strike of 700,000 public sector workers shakes Tunisia

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019

Eight years after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in 2011, renewed mass struggles are erupting.

US-born anchor for Iranian TV jailed without charges

By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2019

The police state style abduction and imprisonment of Marzieh Hashemi is part of Washington’s wider preparations for war against Iran.

Report to Davos meeting points to deepening contradictions of global capitalism

By Nick Beams, 18 January 2019

The gathering of global elites is very mindful of the mounting international class struggle, with “social anger” increasingly prevalent.

Growing signs of worker resistance to US government shutdown

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2019

A TSA representative reported Wednesday that increasing numbers are explicitly stating that their refusal to come into work is due to financial hardship.

US federal judge upholds compulsory unpaid labor during government shutdown

US shutdown: Sickouts by screeners throw airports into crisis

Native American organizations denounce government shutdown as an abrogation of treaties

By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2019

Now in its fourth week, the partial government shutdown has had wide-ranging and devastating effects upon Native Americans.

German SPD politician justifies murder of Rosa Luxemburg

By Peter Schwarz, 18 January 2019

Although the SPD continues to officially deny its complicity in the murder of Luxemburg and Liebknecht, Wolfgang Thierse, former president of the federal parliament, has now declared: We would do it again.

UK: Blairites spearhead campaign to commit Labour to remaining in the European Union

By Thomas Scripps, 18 January 2019

The Blairites are opposed to a general election and aim to block Brexit without letting what is nominally their own party under Corbyn anywhere near power.

UK People’s Assembly protest shows Corbyn’s role in demobilising the working class

The struggle against austerity and the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe

Scottish lecturers expand strike for pay claim

By our correspondents, 18 January 2019

Lecturers are demanding a 2.5 percent increase, which merely covers for inflation, against an offer from the employers group Colleges Scotland of 0.9 percent.

The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards “great power” conflict: Part One

By Nancy Hanover, 18 January 2019

The latest CBO report emphasizes the need to fund ever-expanding wars while outlining various “options” for eviscerating social services and public education.

The working class must come to the defence of the Canada Post workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 January 2019

Having outlawed postal workers’ campaign of rotating strikes, the ruling class views the imposition of further concessions as crucial to their agenda of austerity and militarism.

Zimbabwe’s government cracks down on protest over fuel price increase

By a reporter, 18 January 2019

President Emmerson Mnangagwa finds himself at the head of a government that is increasingly viewed with hostility by the Zimbabwean population.

Indian government foreshadows harsher internet surveillance and censorship

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 January 2019

The planned laws are part of vast array of anti-democratic measures being introduced by governments internationally to target and spy on internet users.

Extreme heatwave hits Australia

By Frank Gaglioti, 18 January 2019

The extended period of high temperatures is having serious impacts on people’s health, as well as agriculture and wildlife.

Signs of slump in Australia overshadow looming election

By Mike Head, 18 January 2019

Regardless of all the promises, a sharp downturn will drive another wave of austerity measures and job-shedding once an election is out of the way.

New in Norwegian

Theresa Mays konservative regjering overlevde mistillitsvotum

Robert Stevens og Chris Marsden, 18. januar 2019

Det som burde ha vært en refleksjonens dag for May, viste seg å bli en ydmykende dom over alle Labour-lederen Corbyns kapituleringer overfor hans eget partis høyrefløy siden han ble partileder i september 2015.

Streikende meksikanere viser arbeiderklassens svar på kapitalistisk reaksjon ved USA-Mexico grensa

Eric London, 18. januar 2019

Ved grensa mellom USA og Mexico demonstrerer de to sosiale hovedklassene under kapitalismen – kapitalistklassen og arbeiderklassen – de to alternativene for menneskehetens fremtid.

«Alle lærere må komme sammen fra alle statene»
Los-Angeles-lærere diskuterer nødvendighet for utvidet streik mens UTLA gjenopptar forhandlinger for å avslutte arbeidsnedleggelsen

våre reportere, 18. januar 2019

På streikevaktene og ved demonstrasjonene fortalte lærerne World Socialist Web Site om strategien for å bekjempe angrepet på offentlig utdanning.

Massestreiken går inn i sjette dagen i Matamoros i Mexico
Tusener samles for massemøte der maquiladora-streiken vokser

våre reportere, 18. januar 2019

Til tross for arbeidsgivernes trusler om masseoppsigelser og fabrikknedleggelser fører mer enn 70.000 streikende arbeidere sin kamp mot sosial ulikhet frem.

New in Spanish

Los huelguistas mexicanos le muestran a la clase obrera cuál es la respuesta a la reacción capitalista en la frontera entre EUA y México

Eric London, 17 enero 2019

En la frontera entre EUA y México, las dos principales clases sociales bajo el capitalismo —la clase capitalista y la clase obrera— le están mostrando a la humanidad las dos alternativas para su futuro.

Miles se reúnen en asamblea masiva según se expande el paro en maquiladoras

Por nuestros reporteros, 18 enero 2019

A pesar de las amenazas de despidos masivos y cierres de planta por empleadores, más de 70.000 trabajadores en huelga están avanzando su lucha contra la desigualdad social.

Una estrategia de lucha para los maestros de California

el WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 enero 2019

Después de la euforia inicial de los primeros días de la huelga, los maestros de Los Ángeles ahora están discutiendo y debatiendo el camino a seguir en esta histórica batalla para defender la educación pública.

Bolsonaro en Brasil aumenta la presión para la reforma de "pensiones" y más poderes estatales en la segunda semana de gobierno

Miguel Andrade, 18 enero 2019

Mientras Bolsonaro prepara ataques sin precedentes a la clase trabajadora brasileña, el Partido de los Trabajadores (PT) busca una acomodación con posibles “disidentes” en su gabinete.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
10. La campaña electoral

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 18 enero 2019

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

New in French

Le gouvernement conservateur de Theresa May survit à un vote de défiance

Robert Stevens et Chris Marsden, 18 janvier 2019

Ce qui aurait dû être le jour du jugement dernier de Theresa May, s’est avéré être un verdict humiliant sur toutes les capitulations faites par Corbyn le chef du Labour devant l’aile droite blairiste de son parti depuis qu’il a pris ses fonctions en septembre 2015.

Les grévistes mexicains à la frontière américano-mexicaine montrent la réponse ouvrière à la réaction capitaliste

Eric London, 18 janvier 2019

À la frontière américano-mexicaine, les deux principales classes sociales sous le capitalisme – la classe capitaliste et la classe ouvrière – démontrent les deux alternatives pour l’avenir de l’humanité.

La grève de masse entre dans sa cinquième journée à Matamoros, au Mexique
Une réunion de masse attire des milliers de grévistes pendant que la grève des maquiladoras prend de l'ampleur

nos journalistes, 18 janvier 2019

Malgré les menaces de licenciements massifs et de fermetures d’usines par les employeurs, plus de 70.000 travailleurs en grève font avancer leur lutte contre les inégalités sociales.

Le professeur Peter Boghossian, assiégé, reçoit un large soutien des étudiants

International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) de l'Université d'État de Portland, 18 janvier 2019

Malgré les menaces de licenciement proférées par la Portland State University, Peter Boghossian, le propagateur du «canular» Grievance Studies (Etudes sur les griefs), est respecté par les étudiants pour sa position de principe contre la philosophie postmoderniste.

New in German

Streiks in Mexiko: Die Antwort der Arbeiterklasse auf die kapitalistische Reaktion an der US-mexikanischen Grenze

Eric London, 18. Januar 2019

An der US-mexikanischen Grenze zeigen die beiden Klassen des Kapitalismus – die Kapitalistenklasse und die Arbeiterklasse –, was die Alternativen für die Zukunft der Menschheit sind.

Wolfgang Thierse (SPD) rechtfertigt Mord an Luxemburg und Liebknecht

Peter Schwarz, 18. Januar 2019

Während die SPD ihre Mitverantwortung für die Ermordung Rosa Luxemburgs und Karl Liebknechts offiziell bestreitet, hat der ehemalig Bundestagspräsident Wolfgang Thierse nun erklärt: Wir würden es wieder tun.

Großbritannien: Theresa Mays konservative Regierung übersteht Misstrauensvotum

Robert Stevens und Chris Marsden, 18. Januar 2019

Das Misstrauensvotum, das eigentlich der Tag der Abrechnung für May hätte werden sollen, verwandelte sich in ein demütigendes Urteil über Labour-Chef Corbyn, der in den letzten Jahren ständig vor dem rechten Labour-Flügel kapituliert hat.

New in Hindi

सामाजिक विनाश और उन्नति रोधक राजनीतिक चालों से निबटने के लिए भारतीय श्रमिकों को क्रांतिकारी समाजवादी कार्यक्रम की ज़रूरत

दीपल जयसेकरा एवं कीथ जोन्स द्वारा, ८ जनवरी २०१९

वर्ल्ड सोशलिस्ट वेब साइट भाजपा सरकार से टक्कर लेने के लिए श्रमिकों द्वारा किसी भी जोखिम जैसे वित्तीय बलिदान और यहां तक कि गोलीबारी का सामना करने को भी तैयार रहने के दृढ़ निश्चय का स्वागत करती है।

New in Bengali

শ্রীলঙ্কার সোশ্যালিস্ট ইকুয়ালিটি পার্টির অর্ধশতবর্ষ
শ্রমিক শ্রেণীকে আন্তর্জাতিক সমাজতন্ত্র ও বৈপ্লবিক নেতৃত্বের অস্ত্র দিয়ে সজ্জিত করে তোলো!

১৬ জুন ২০১৮

চতুর্থ আন্তর্জাতিকের আন্তর্জাতিক কমিটির শ্রীলঙ্কার শাখার নাম সোশ্যালিস্ট ইকুয়ালিটি পার্টি (এস্‌-ই-পি)। আজ শ্রমিক শ্রেণীর রাজনৈতিক স্বাধীনতার এবং বিশ্ব সমাজতান্ত্রিক বিপ্লবের লড়াইয়ে এস্‌-ই-পি ৫০ বছর পূর্ণ করল। কলম্বোতে ১৯৬৮ খৃষ্টাব্দের ১৬-১৭ই জুন একটি সভায় দলটি রেভলিশনারি কমিউনিস্ট লিগ (আর-সি-এল্‌) হিসাবে প্রতিষ্ঠিত হয়েছিল। আই-সি-এফ্-আই-এর অন্যান্য বিভাগের সঙ্গে আর-সি-এল্‌-ও ১৯৯৬ সালে এস্‌-ই-পি-তে রূপান্তরিত হয়।

New in Russian

Трамп у Рубикона

Патрик Мартин и Андре Дэймон, 16 января 2019 г.

Введение президентом «чрезвычайного положения» для преодоления оппозиции в Конгрессе может стать перманентным состоянием, представляя собой необратимый разрыв с традициями конституционного правления в Соединенных Штатах.

New in Turkish

ABD ile Türkiye, Rus S-400 alım planı konusunda anlaşamıyor

Barış Demir, 16 Ocak 2019

ABD’li teknik heyetin, Türkiye'nin Rus S-400 hava savunma sistemleri satın almasının Washington için kabul edilemez olduğunu vurgulaması bekleniyor.

ABD, İran’a ve Türkiye’ye karşı tehditleri yoğunlaştırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 16 Ocak 2019

Pompeo, ABD askerlerinin Suriye’de olmamasının, ne ABD’nin IŞİD’e yönelik saldırılarını ne de İran’a yönelik askeri baskısını durduracağını vurguladı.

New in Arabic

أصول ونتائج التحقيق الأمني الذي قامت به الأممية الرابعة

١٣ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٨

تجدون فيما يلي نص وتسجيل لمحاضرة ألقاها إريك لندن في مدينة ديترويت في ولاية ميتشيغان وفيها استعراض للتحقيق الضخم الذي أجرته اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة تحت عنوان الأمن والأممية الرابعة.

New in Urdu

سرمایہ دارانہ حکمرانی کا عالمی بحران اور سوشلسٹ انقلاب کی حکمت عملی

جوزف کشوور

قومی خصوصیات خواہ کچھ بھی ہو ں، طبقاتی حکمرانی کا سیاسی بحران ہر ملک میں یکساں عالمگیر پروسس کی وجہ ہے

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Perspective

The US political crisis reaches fever pitch

18 January 2019

Both feuding factions of the US ruling elite are right-wing, anti-democratic and militaristic.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

The year 2019 begins amidst the explosive interaction of geopolitical, economic and social crises. All over the world the ruling class is turning to ultra-right and neo-fascist politicians and organizations to defend the capitalist system. The threat of dictatorship and war can be defeated only through the political mobilization of the working class on the basis of an international socialist strategy.

The global class struggle in 2019

By Joseph Kishore, 16 January 2019

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Christoph Vandreier: 100 years since the assassination of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Christoph Vandreier, 16 January 2019

Commentary

France’s Lutte ouvrière group defends unions against “yellow vest” protests

By Anthony Torres, 18 January 2019

The “yellow vest” movement has unmasked the class gulf separating the workers from the union bureaucracies and organizations such as the pseudo-left Lutte ouvrière .

Yellow vest protests expose right-wing politics of Germany’s Left Party

How the French state and big business finance the unions

The political significance of India’s two-day general strike

By Keith Jones, 12 January 2019

The American media revives the methods of McCarthyism

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2019

The FBI’s police state operation against Trump

14 January 2019

Trump at the Rubicon

More on the Trump presidency »

Workers Struggles

Public sector workers strike in defence of teachers in Greece, strikes across Zimbabwe, South African gold miners’ stoppage at Sibanye spreads
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 January 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Ironworker killed at Amazon construction site in California

By Tom Carter, 17 January 2019

Amazon hires public relations firm to counter popular hostility to headquarters project in New York City

More on Amazon »

The Fight Against Postmodernism

Widespread student support for beleaguered professor Peter Boghossian

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Portland State University, 17 January 2019

Portland State University threatens to fire Peter Boghossian for authoring “Grievance Studies” hoax

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

The fight against historical falsification

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 17 January 2019

Lessons of 1933 and the fight against fascism today
Successful start for IYSSE election campaign at Berlin’s Humboldt University

Arts Review

An exhibition of the great 17th century Dutch painter
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion at the Toledo Museum of Art

By David Walsh, 17 January 2019

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden—Short stories by American author Denis Johnson

We The Workers: A limited documentary about labour rights groups in China

History

New study finds up to 15,000 Jews killed each day at peak of Holocaust

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2019

Autoworkers struggles

Fight the Ford layoffs! Build rank-and-file committees to unite autoworkers across Europe!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, Socialist Equality Party and Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 15 January 2019

No layoffs! No concessions!
Autoworkers call for demonstration February 9 to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

More on autoworkers issues »

25 years ago: Northridge earthquake strikes Los Angeles

An earthquake struck the city of Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m. on January 17, 1994, centered in the Northridge area of the San Fernando Valley.

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50 years ago: Japanese police storm Tokyo University

Over 8,000 riot police moved onto the campus of Tokyo University on January 20, 1969, at the request of school authorities to crush a student occupation.

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75 years ago: Soviets launch offensive against siege of Leningrad

On January 14, 1944, the Red Army launched the Leningrad-Novgorod offensive aimed at breaking a protracted Nazi blockade of supplies to Leningrad.

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100 years ago: World War I victors open “peace conference” in Paris

On January 18, 1919, the imperialist victors in World War I, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and the United States, convened the infamous Paris Peace Conference to divide up the spoils of the four-year-long bloodbath.

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Editorial Cartoon

Military prepares for post-Brexit civil war in Britain and Northern Ireland

Preparations involve 50,000 troops in mainland Britain and 1,000 more police in Northern Ireland—close to half the current size of the British Army and more than the force sent by the government to invade Iraq.

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.

Obituary

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 2 January 2019

Halil Celik, founder and leader of the Sosyalist Eşitlik group, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died on December 31, 2018 following a serious illness.

Science

Scientific breakthrough promises to increase agricultural productivity by 40 percent

By Philip Guelpa and Thomas H. Douglass, 9 January 2019

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

International Committee of the Fourth International

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

Part one | Part two | Part three | Part four

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

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Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.