12 December 2019

US House approves bill for record military spending

By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2019

The National Defense Authorization Act passed by a huge bipartisan majority, with 188 Democrats and 189 Republicans supporting it.

French prime minister vows to impose pension cuts despite growing strikes

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 12 December 2019

In his speech, Edouard Philippe vowed to impose a pension cut opposed by two thirds of the population.

Trump signs executive order aimed at suppressing criticism of Israel

By Niles Niemuth, 12 December 2019

The purpose of the order signed Wednesday is to squelch free speech at publicly funded universities, targeting in particular the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Turkey’s Erdoğan threatens to send troops into Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2019

With Ankara and Moscow backing rival regimes in the ravaged country, any escalation threatens to spill over into a far wider and more dangerous war.

The Sun forced to delete article promoting fascist propaganda against UK left

By Paul Bond, 12 December 2019

The publication by the Sun of an article charging that Corbyn is the centre of a “hard-left extremist network” is part of an authoritarian turn by the ruling class.

US renews insults and threats against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2019

The Trump administration has made clear that it has no intention of meeting North Korea’s end-of-year deadline for meaningful talks, thus setting the stage for confrontation and conflict.

Amid turmoil in short-term money markets
Fed to keep interest rates lower for longer

By Nick Beams, 12 December 2019

The unanimous decision by the interest-rate setting Federal Open Market Committee came at the end of a year in which the financial markets dictated the central bank must provide cheap money.

AFL-CIO, Mexican government seek to chain renewed struggles across Matamoros to “independent” trade unions

By Andrea Lobo, 12 December 2019

After the historic wildcat strikes earlier this year, the channeling of a resurgence of struggles behind the trade union bureaucracy poses immense dangers to the working class.

Mass abstention as UAW forces through Fiat Chrysler contract

By Tom Hall, 12 December 2019

Fiat Chrysler workers were in no mood to be strung out and isolated on the picket line, as GM workers were two months ago, forced to subsist on $275 per week in strike pay during the Christmas holidays.

“They are jamming this down our throats:” Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW for rushing vote on sellout contract

Vote “no” on the FCA contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract

More on autoworkers struggles »

“The union bosses tell us they are fighting for us while they sell us out”
New York City transit workers denounce union-backed tentative agreement

By Allen Whyte, 12 December 2019

The newly published Memorandum of Agreement between the TWU and the MTA seeks to incorporate the union into management, increase the transit agency’s exploitation of workers and financially reward the union bureaucracy.

Holiday shipping season begins with deaths of two UPS workers at California airport

By Steve Filips, 12 December 2019

As the holiday shipping season began, two young UPS workers were killed late last month when the cargo tugging vehicle they were riding overturned at the Ontario International Airport in California.

Mass shooting in Jersey City, New Jersey being investigated as anti-Semitic hate-crime

By Matthew Taylor, 12 December 2019

New Jersey police believe that two assailants deliberately targeted a Kosher grocery store in an attack on Tuesday.

George Zimmerman, killer of Trayvon Martin in 2012, sues his victim’s family for $100 million

By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2019

Zimmerman’s legal maneuvers must be treated with the contempt they deserve.

New doping provocation against Russia prior to 2020 Olympics

By Kevin Reed, 12 December 2019

A four-year ban has been imposed on Russian athletes participating in international competition, including the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2020 and Winter Olympics in 2022.

World Bank economist warns of worsening crisis in Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 December 2019

International finance capital is demanding the new regime in Colombo fully implement the IMF’s austerity measures.

Workers must adopt a socialist internationalist program to oppose Sri Lanka’s authoritarian, communalist Rajapakse regime

Australia: Governments, unions responsible for spate of deaths in Queensland mining industry

By Robert Campion, 12 December 2019

The dangerous conditions are a result of the gutting of safety measures and the wholesale destruction of full-time employment throughout the sector.

11 December 2019

Mass marches and strikes against Macron’s pension cuts continue across France

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2019

The way forward for the mass strike in France

Democrats release articles of impeachment against Trump on “national security” grounds

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2019

Report unmasks FBI intervention in 2016 elections

Democrats, White House position themselves for impeachment vote

Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump

Sri Lankan president appoints former military officers to head state institutions

By Pradeep Ramanayake, 11 December 2019

Labour’s pose as defender of the National Health Service exposed

By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2019

The Dirty War on the National Health Service: John Pilger documentary “goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today”

Germany: SPD congress backs grand coalition government as class struggle intensifies

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2019

Strikes continue in Finland after Social Democrat prime minister resigns

By Jordan Shilton, 11 December 2019

Union moves to end Washington DC-area transit strike, agrees to cost-cutting deal

By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2019

PG&E reaches minimal $13.5 billion settlement with victims of Californian fires

By Evan Blake, 11 December 2019

California graduate students on wildcat strike

By Evelyn Rios, 11 December 2019

New York University charges food-insecure students for "free" meals

By Sam Dalton, 11 December 2019

Brazilian Workers Party backs Bolsonaro’s draconian “anti-crime” bill

By Miguel Andrade, 11 December 2019

Australia: Workers stop work in response to hazardous air conditions

By James Cogan, 11 December 2019

Growing poverty and inequality in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 11 December 2019

New in Norwegian

Den sanne arven etter sentralbankmannen Paul Volckers (1927-2019)

Nick Beams, 12. desember 2019

En fullstendig opptegning ville avslørt at politikken han sto bak, pålagt på vegne av den amerikanske kapitalistklassen, resulterte i uhørt sosial elendighet og den tidlige død for millioner av mennesker, ikke bare i USA men også rundt om i verden.

Massemarsjer og streiker mot Macrons pensjonskutt fortsetter på tvers av Frankrike

Alex Lantier, 12. desember 2019

Jernbaner, massetransitt og bredere deler av fransk offentlig sektor videreførte streikene påbegynt den 5. desember, i en vordende styrkeprøve mellom arbeiderne og Macron.

«Afghanistan-dokumentene»: den kriminelle katastrofen av en krig basert på løgner

Bill Van Auken, 12. desember 2019

Dokumentene publisert av Washington Post utgjør en fordømmende tiltale av begge de store partiene, så vel som av mediene, for å ha løyet for det amerikanske folket i to tiår.

Labour Partys posering som forsvarer av den nasjonale helsetjenesten avslørt

Robert Stevens, 12. desember 2019

Labour Partys påstand om å være det eneste partiet som vil forsvare den nasjonale helsetjenesten (NHS) er hovedgrunnen til at mange støtter partiet. Men som for de fleste av partiets sentrale valgløfter er også dette uten genuin substans.

SEP holdt avsluttende britisk valgmøte i London
«Vår kamp er for at arbeidere skal basere seg på et sosialistisk og internasjonalistisk perspektiv, et som er forankret i en dyp orientering til historien og informert av dens lærdommer.»

våre reportere, 12. desember 2019

Thomas Scripps åpnet møtet med å forklare at en av de sentrale bærebjelkene i SEPs valgkamp er kampen for å få løslatt WikiLeaks-grunnlegger Julian Assange.

Foretaksmediene tause om journalisters brev som krever frihet for Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 12. desember 2019

Medieblackouten viderefører de store nyhetskildenes ni-år-lange kollaborering med den USA-ledede kampanjen for å sverte, demonisere og kneble WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren Julian Assange.

New in German

Das wahre Vermächtnis des US-Zentralbankers Paul Volcker (1927-2019)

Nick Beams, 12. Dezember 2019

Volckers Finanzpolitik im Namen der amerikanischen Kapitalistenklasse hat nicht nur in den USA, sondern weltweit soziales Elend und den vorzeitigen Tod von Millionen Menschen zu verantworten.

SPD-Finanzminister Scholz stellt Freibrief für Spekulanten aus

Peter Schwarz, 12. Dezember 2019

Zwei Tage nach der Wahl der neuen Führungsspitze der SPD hat Scholz einen Gesetzesentwurf zur Besteuerung von Finanzgeschäften vorgelegt, der die Behauptung, die SPD habe einen Linksruck vollzogen, anschaulich widerlegt.

Frankreich: Massenproteste und Streiks gegen Macrons Rentenkürzungen gehen weiter

Alex Lantier, 12. Dezember 2019

Beschäftigte der Bahn, der Verkehrsbetriebe und großer Teile des französischen öffentlichen Dienstes setzen die am 5. Dezember begonnenen Streiks fort und steuern damit auf eine Machtprobe mit Macron zu.

Wahlabschlussversammlung der britischen SEP in London
„Wir kämpfen für eine sozialistische und internationale Perspektive. Arbeiter müssen sich auf die Lehren der Geschichte stützen.“

unseren Reportern, 12. Dezember 2019

An der heutigen britischen Parlamentswahl nimmt die SEP mit eigenen Kandidaten teil. In ihrem Wahlkampf hat sie den Kampf um die Freilassung des WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange zur zentralen Frage erklärt.

Schlichtungsergebnis im hessischen Busfahrerstreik

Marianne Arens, 12. Dezember 2019

Das Ergebnis der Schlichtung im hessischen Busfahrerstreik bindet den Busfahrern durch einen Streikverzicht auf fünf Jahre hinaus die Hände.

New in French

Perspectives pour la révolution à venir aux États-Unis: «Race», classe et lutte pour le socialisme

Joseph Kishore, 12 décembre 2019

Ceci est une version révisée de la conférence présentée par le secrétaire national du Parti pour l'égalité socialiste (États-Unis), Joseph Kishore, lors de réunions tenues dans le Michigan et en Californie en réponse au «Projet 1619» du New York Times.

Edouard Philippe veut passer en force sur la réforme des retraites

Anthony Torres et Alexandre Lantier, 12 décembre 2019

Depuis le 5 décembre, les travailleurs du secteur public font grève contre la réforme des retraites, rejetée par deux-tiers des Français.

Le véritable héritage de l’ex-chef de la Banque centrale américaine, Paul Volcker (1927-2019)

Nick Beams, 12 décembre 2019

Un exposé complet révélerait que sa politique, imposée pour le compte de la classe capitaliste américaine, a entraîné une misère sociale indescriptible et la mort prématurée de millions de personnes, non seulement aux États-Unis, mais dans le monde entier.

Londres: dernière réunion du SEP avant l’élection législative au Royaume-Uni
«Nous luttons pour que les travailleurs se basent sur une perspective socialiste et internationaliste ayant ses racines dans une profonde conscience de l’histoire et instruite par ses leçons».

nos journalistes, 12 décembre 2019

En ouvrant le meeting, Thomas Scripps a expliqué que l’un des piliers centraux de la campagne électorale du SEP était la lutte pour libérer Julian Assange, fondateur de WikiLeaks.

Les démocrates rendent publics des articles de destitution contre Trump pour des raisons de «sécurité nationale»

Andre Damon, 12 décembre 2019

Les articles de destitution affirment que le président a «trahi la nation» et «compromis la sécurité nationale des États-Unis» en retardant temporairement l'aide militaire à l'Ukraine.

Il faut défendre les sept ouvriers licenciés de Silao!
Les travailleurs mexicains licenciés par GM publient une lettre ouverte aux travailleurs américains

Le WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 12 décembre 2019

Le WSWS Autoworker Newsletter exhorte les travailleurs à soutenir les ouvriers de General Motors (GM) à l'usine de Silao au Mexique, licenciés pour avoir soutenu la grève de 40 jours des travailleurs de GM aux Etats-Unis.

New in Turkish

Hükümet HDP’ye ve Demirtaş’a baskıyı arttırıyor

Ulaş Ateşçi, 11 Aralık 2019

Kürt politikacılara yönelik bu baskı, özellikle Ankara ile Kürdistan İşçi Partisi (PKK) arasındaki “barış süreci”nin sona ermesinden bu yana tırmanmış durumda.

New in Dutch

Nederlandse zorgstaking: De verdediging van de gezondheidszorg vereist een socialistisch perspectief

Door Parwini Zora en Harm Zonderland, 20 november 2019

Na 25 stakingen in Nederland dit jaar alleen al, mobiliseert de allereerste landelijke gezondheidszorgstaking een geschatte 150.000 werknemers bij 119 zorginstellingen, 83 ziekenhuizen, 32 poliklinieken en vier revalidatiecentra.

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства выдвигает кандидатов на всеобщих выборах в Великобритании

От нашего корреспондента, 7 декабря 2019 г.

ПСР ведет политическую борьбу против мер жесткой экономии, авторитарного правления, милитаризма и войны.

New in Spanish

El verdadero legado del banquero central de EE. UU., Paul Volcker (1927-2019)

Por Nick Beams, 12 diciembre 2019

Una cuenta plena revelaría que sus políticas, impuestas en nombre de la clase capitalista estadounidense, resultaron en una miseria social indescriptible y la muerte prematura de millones de personas, tanto en EE. UU. como internacionalmente.

Marchas masivas y huelgas contra los recortes de pensiones de Macron continúan en Francia

Por Alex Lantier, 12 diciembre 2019

El ferroviario, transporte público y sectores más amplios de la fuerza laboral del sector público continuaron las huelgas lanzadas el 5 de diciembre.

Cumbre de París sobre Ucrania eclipsada por conflictos interimperialistas

Por Clara Weiss, 12 diciembre 2019

La escalada de la guerra dentro de la clase dominante de Estados Unidos y la intensificación de los conflictos entre las potencias imperialistas se producen en medio del desmoronamiento de la estrategia que el imperialismo estadounidense ha seguido en la región desde la disolución de la URSS en 1991.

Los sindicatos le piden a un líder catalán encarcelado su apoyo al gobierno del PSOE y Podemos en España

Por Alejandro López, 12 diciembre 2019

Los dos sindicatos españoles más grandes son cómplices directos del intento de Podemos y del Partido Socialista Obrero Español de instaurar un régimen de Estado policial y de la austeridad.

New in Portuguese

Cresce onda de apoio ao editor do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell, 2 Dezembro 2019

A onda de apoio a Assange é um golpe bem-vindo à conspiração de silêncio em torno de sua perseguição, que é imposta por governos, partidos do establishment e pela mídia corporativa em todo o mundo.

Bolsonaro lança programa Verde e Amarelo para impulsionar “competitividade”

Tomas Castanheira, 2 Dezembro 2019

O próprio presidente brasileiro admitiu que o programa de emprego, que faz referência às cores nacionais, possui o objetivo de “reduzir os custos da mão de obra” para atrair investimentos.

New in Chinese

数十万人走上香港街头抗议

作者: Peter Symonds, 2019年11月29日

昨天,超过五十万人走上香港的街头抗议市政府的反民主举措,并纪念1971年7月1日这个英国把其前殖民地移交给中国的日子。

总罢工标志着工人阶级加入香港的抗议之中

作者: Peter Symonds, 2019年11月29日

在这场被政府的引渡法律触发的日益扩大的群众性抗议里,香港工人在星期一的总罢工标志着一个新的阶段。来自各行各业的上万名工人——包括铁路、机场、公共事务,工程,建筑,金融和银行——参与了抗议。这些抗议干扰中断了这座城市的交通系统,并限制了其国际机场的运作。

New in Bengali

ভারতে মাদারসন মোটরগাড়ি শ্রমিকদের ধর্মঘটকে মাওবাদী ইউনিয়ন নেতৃত্ব ক্রমাগত বিচ্ছিন্ন করে রাখছেবাবরি মসজিদ ধ্বংসের বিচার ভারতের সুপ্রিম কোর্ট হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী হিংসাকে বৈধতা দিল

Keith Jones, ১১ নভেম্বর ২০১৯

উত্তর প্রদেশের অযোধ্যায় একটি বিখ্যাত মসজিদকে ধ্বংস করতে এবং তার জায়গায় পৌরাণিক হিন্দু দেবতা শ্রীরামের একটি মন্দির গড়তে ভারতের শাসক দল ভারতীয় জনতা পার্টি (বিজেপি) এবং তাদের হিন্দু আধিপত্ববাদী মিত্ররা দশকের পর দশক ধরে যে হিংসার আশ্রয় নিয়েছে, গত শনিবারের এক আদেশে, ভারতের সর্বোচ্চ আদালত সেই হিংসাকে ন্যায্য বলে শিলমোহর দিয়েছে।

New in Arabic

الأصول السياسية وتداعيات انشقاق اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة خلال 1982- 1986

By بقلم دافيد نورث, ٢ آب أغسطس ٢٠١٩

هذه محاضرة قدمها دافيد نورث في افتتاح المدرسة الصيفية لحزب المساواة الاشتراكية في الولايات المتحدة في 21 يوليو/ تموز 2019 . نورث هو الرئيس الوطني لحزب المساواة الاشتراكية وهو رئيس مجلس تحرير موقع الاشتراكية العالمية .

حمام الدم في بغداد

١٩ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

ارتفع عدد القتلى في الاحتجاجات الجماهيرية التي هزت العراق خلال الأسابيع السبعة الماضية إلى أكثر من 330 ، مع ما يقدر بنحو خمسة عشر ألف جريح. واصل الشباب العراقيين التدفق إلى الشوارع في تحد للقمع العنيف للضغط على مطالبهم بالوظائف والمساواة الاجتماعية ووضع حد للنظام السياسي الفاسد الذي أوجده الاحتلال الأمريكي الذي أعقب الغزو الأمريكي الإجرامي عام 2003.

الولايات المتحدة تعلن أن المستوطنات الإسرائيلية لم تعد غير قانونية

By بقلم جين شاعول, ١٩ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

أعلن وزير الخارجية مايك بومبيو يوم الاثنين أن الولايات المتحدة لم تعد تنظر إلى المستوطنات الإسرائيلية على الأراضي الفلسطينية التي تم الاستيلاء عليها خلال الحرب العربية الإسرائيلية عام 1967باعتبارها غير قانونية.

جنود إسرائيليون سابقون يقومون بجولة في الولايات المتحدة لإستنكار احتلال الأراضي الفلسطينية

By بقلم فريد مازليس, ١٢ تشرين الثاني نوفمبر ٢٠١٩

تقوم مجموعة من الجنود الإسرائيليين السابقين في خضم جولة أمريكية للتحدث عن حقيقة الاحتلال الطويل الأمد للأراضي الفلسطينية. تم تنظيم الجولة ، التي بدأت في فيلادلفيا الأسبوع الماضي ، من قبل "كسر الصمت" ، وهي منظمة من الجنود المخضرمين الذين "أخذوا على عاتقهم تعريض الجمهور لواقع الحياة اليومية في الأراضي المحتلة".

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Perspective

The impeachment crisis and its political consequences

12 December 2019

Regardless of the its final outcome in the House and Senate, the impeachment proceedings will have reactionary and dangerous repercussions.

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Commentary

Britain’s general election and the coming struggle of the working class for socialism

By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2019

Underlying the intensity of political conflicts is an historically unprecedented social polarisation between the classes that is now beginning to find expression in a global eruption of the class struggle.

The true legacy of US central banker Paul Volcker (1927–2019)

By Nick Beams, 11 December 2019

The “Afghanistan papers”: The criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2019

America’s torturers and their co-conspirators must be prosecuted

By Tom Carter, 9 December 2019

Autoworkers Struggles

Defend the Silao Seven!
Fired Mexican GM workers issue open letter to American workers

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2019

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges workers to support the GM workers at the Silao, Mexico factory, who were fired for supporting the 40-day strike by GM workers in the US.

More on autoworkers struggles »

Arts Review

Twin Flower, about the refugee crisis, from Italy—and Midnight Family, about poverty and health care, from Mexico

By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2019

Two adolescents—one an African refugee—find themselves in painful straits in Twin Flower. Midnight Family focuses on a family in Mexico eking out a meager existence by driving its own private ambulance.

Mariss Jansons, famed conductor, dead at 76

By Fred Mazelis, 10 December 2019

Dark Waters: American capitalism poisons its population

By Joanne Laurier, 9 December 2019

Right-wing hate campaign in Germany against Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke

By Bernd Reinhardt and Peter Schwarz, 9 December 2019

Workers Struggles

Canada: Saskatchewan oil refinery locks out 800 workers, deploys scabs

By Carl Bronski, 12 December 2019

The Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan has locked out its workforce after workers defied its demands for further pension cuts.

Free Assange and Manning

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
Meeting defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning in Melbourne this Sunday

28 October 2019

The aim of the meetings is to prepare for the political action that must be organised in Australia and internationally in opposition to the legal travesty against Assange that is underway in the British courts.

Corporate media silent on journalists’ letter demanding freedom for Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 December 2019

The media blackout continues the nine-year collaboration of major outlets in the US-led campaign to smear, vilify and silence the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Australian doctor condemns Britain’s denial of adequate medical care to Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 10 December 2019

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer: “With censorship inevitably comes tyranny”

By Johannes Stern, 9 December 2019

Exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden condemns persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By Kevin Reed, 9 December 2019

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson: “If Julian is taken to that Devil’s Island across the Atlantic, his life is lost”

Meeting of Australian teachers passes resolutions in defence of Julian Assange

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Socialist Equality Party

London: Attendees at Socialist Equality Party’s general election rally speak
“The Socialist Equality Party has one goal and that’s what I feel most inclined toward, the class struggle”

By our reporters, 11 December 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those who attended the Socialist Equality Party’s general election rally in London on Sunday.

SEP holds final UK election meeting in London
“Our fight is for workers to base themselves on a socialist and internationalist perspective, one rooted in a profound concern for history and informed by its lessons”

SEP (UK) candidate Chris Marsden speaks on Kashmir and Palestine at Sheffield mosque hustings

“You are the luckiest generation in history because you have the opportunity to change the world”
Warm reception for SEP candidate Chris Marsden at Sheffield student meeting

SEP (UK) candidate Dennis Leech speaks at hustings in Manchester

Socialist Equality Party announces candidates in UK general election

Socialist Equality Party stands in UK general election: No to austerity, militarism and war! Free Julian Assange! For class struggle and socialist internationalism!

Mehring Books

Appreciative audience at Australian launch of Why Are They Back?

By our reporter, 10 December 2019

The Sydney event probed the political climate behind the re-emergence of fascism and militarism in Germany and internationally.

Mehring Books Holiday Sale feature
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition—Translator’s Foreword

6 December 2019

During its Holiday Sale, Mehring Books is offering this volume at a sharply reduced price of $15 for the black and white version or $20 for the color version.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party
Part 2: The Reiss Center’s role in the impeachment crisis and anti-Russia campaign

By the New York University IYSSE, 11 December 2019

The Reiss Center embodies the convergence of the interests of finance capital, the Democratic Party, and the military and intelligence apparatus.

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party
Part 1: Obama’s national security apparatus in exile

IYSSE, student unions defend students in Germany against right-wing attacks

By our reporters, 2 December 2019

Fund Appeal

World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North appeals for support

The WSWS is launching its 2019-2020 New Year's fund appeal. Watch the appeal and donate today.

25 years ago: Yeltsin launches First Chechen War

On December 11, 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered troops into Chechnya, a province in the Caucuses that had been part of the Russian Federation but had declared independence in 1991 amidst the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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50 years ago: New fighting between Israel and Arab neighbors

Starting on December 9, 1969 a series of skirmishes on the borders of Israel’s occupied territories took place. The fighting continued the prolonged “War of Attrition” that had been fought mostly between Israel and Egypt for control over the economically important Suez Canal zone.

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75 years ago: Battle of Mindoro in the Philippines

On December 13, 1944, the US military launched an amphibious invasion of Mindoro, the seventh-largest island in the Philippines and a crucial launching base for further incursions into the country’s north.

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100 years ago: Seventh Congress of Soviets held in Petrograd

On December 9, 1919, the Seventh All-Russia Congress of Soviets of Workers, Peasants, Red Army and Working Cossack Deputies closed in Petrograd after four days of sessions.

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Science

Skin Deep, Journey in the Divisive Science of Race, by Gavin Evans

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2019

The overwhelming weight of scientific research demonstrates that “race” does not exist as a valid biological category, but is a social construct.

The New York Times' 1619 Project

Perspectives for the coming revolution in America: Race, class and the fight for socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2019

“When the Declaration says that all men are created equal, that is no myth”
An interview with historian Gordon Wood on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 28 November 2019

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

Audio recording refutes Hannah-Jones’ claim that she was falsely quoted by the World Socialist Web Site

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

SEP and IYSSE meeting series in the United States
Race, Class and the Fight for Socialism: Perspectives for the Coming Revolution in America

This meeting series will refute the historical falsifications advanced in the New York Times “1619 Project,” explain their underlying political motivations and present the strategy for socialist revolution in America today.

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Book Review

A Warning: A manifesto of the pro-war “Resistance” in the American state

By Andre Damon, 4 December 2019

The book makes clear that the “Resistance” to Trump’s policies within the US government, which forms the basis of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, centers on claims that Trump is insufficiently aggressive in defending and expanding America’s imperial interests.

Obituary

On the death of Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019)

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

An understanding of Bukovsky’s life and role in politics over the past half century must be placed within the broader context of the development of the October Revolution of 1917 and the Stalinist reaction against it.

The Socialist Equality Party Election Campaign in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan presidential election: Workers must prepare to fight moves towards police-state rule

By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2019

Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism!

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 November 2019

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History

David North introduces Turkish-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky at Istanbul Book Fair

By our reporter, 11 November 2019

Mehring Yayıncılık announced the publication of five major works by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) at its Istanbul Book Fair stall, including two authored by David North.

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019