“Almost everyone I know is working two jobs to make ends meet”
Los Angeles teachers prepare for strike

By Jerry White and Kimie Saito, 7 January 2019

More than 33,000 teachers in the nation’s second largest school district are set to strike Thursday in a battle that pits educators against the Democratic Party establishment.

Los Angeles school officials hire strikebreakers as teachers prepare for walkout

Austin Beutner—Wall Street’s Superintendent of Education in Los Angeles

By Alan Gilman, 7 January 2019

Beutner is renowned as a financier who has had a lucrative career extracting huge profits by privatizing public assets and slashing the wages and benefits of workers.

US shutdown could leave millions without food stamps

By Kate Randall, 7 January 2019

More than 19 million households face the cutoff of SNAP benefits—partially in February and completely in March—if the government shutdown drags on.

As government shutdown enters third week
Trump threatens to declare national emergency to build border wall

US House Democrats reaffirm right-wing program of austerity, bipartisanship

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China’s moon landing to exacerbate tensions with US

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2019

Like the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957 and the first manned space flight in 1961, China’s landing of a probe on the moon’s far side has provoked consternation in Washington.

Australian senator participates in neo-Nazi rally

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 January 2019

Responsibility for the emergence of fascist groupings lies with the entire Australian media and political establishment.

Trump deploys troops to central Africa following disputed Congo election

By Eddie Haywood, 7 January 2019

Washington is making it clear that it intends to install a pliant government in Kinshasa that will ensure that America’s economic interests are secured.

Growing “yellow vest” protests defy French police repression

By Anthony Torres, 7 January 2019

The protest Saturday, the first day of action of French “yellow vest” protesters in 2019, mobilized substantially larger forces than the last protests of 2018.

French police arrest “yellow vest” spokesman Eric Drouet

French “yellow vest” protests expose anti-worker role of New Anticapitalist Party

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German media demand accelerated rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2019

Editorials in leading German publications are marked by a mixture of fear and aggression as the new year begins.

Scuffles in German city of Amberg exploited to incite right-wing campaign

UK Integrity Initiative heavily involved in Skripal affair

By Robert Stevens, 7 January 2019

Leaked documents indicate that the moves against Russia over the Skripal affair were scripted well in advance.

Longest-serving Chicago alderman charged with attempted extortion

By Kristina Betinis, 7 January 2019

Ed Burke, who has spent more than 50 years in Chicago Democratic Party politics, faces federal corruption charges.

Sri Lankan Central Bank governor calls for extended IMF program

By Saman Gunadasa, 7 January 2019

The IMF suspended the final $500 million installment of its $1.5 billion loan to Sri Lanka last November after bitter infighting erupted within Colombo’s political elite.

Opal Tower structural flaws expose rot in Australian construction industry

By John Wilson, 7 January 2019

Residents have been told they must wait at least another week before they can reoccupy the building because the specific cause of the cracking has yet to be identified.

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La mobilisation en hausse des «gilets jaunes» brave la répression policière

Anthony Torres, 7 janvier 2019

Samedi a eu lieu la première journée de mobilisation des «gilets jaunes» de 2019, en nette hausse par rapport à la dernière mobilisation de 2018.

Wall Street dicte sa loi

Andre Damon, 7 janvier 2019

La Réserve fédérale, en réponse à la vente massive d’actions en bourse jeudi, a déclaré qu’elle était « à l’écoute » des marchés et prête à abandonner ses plans de hausse des taux d’intérêt.

Alors que la fermeture du gouvernement entre dans sa troisième semaine
Trump menace de déclarer l’urgence nationale pour la construction de son mur

Niles Niemuth, 7 janvier 2019

Des options juridiques seraient sérieusement envisagées au sein de l’Administration Trump pour contourner le Congrès, y compris la réorientation de fonds déjà affectés au Département de la défense.

L’Équateur dévoile un « examen spécial » de l’asile de Julian Assange

Mike Head, 7 janvier 2019

L’enquête du gouvernement de Moreno sur l’asile et la citoyenneté accordés au fondateur de Wikileaks est clairement conçue de sorte que ces deux engagements soit répudiés.

Des échauffourées dans la ville allemande d’Amberg exploitées pour une campagne de droite

Marianne Arens et Peter Schwarz, 7 janvier 2019

Les politiciens de Bavière et de Berlin se bousculent dans une surenchère de propositions de lois plus restrictives en matière d’asile.

Le salissage #MeToo du New York Times contre Bernie Sanders

Barry Grey, 7 janvier 2019

Le Times veut que la prochaine campagne démocrate soit, comme la dernière, dominée par les politiques de genre, de race et de sexe, et non de classe.

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Wall Street gobierna

Andre Damon, 7 enero 2019

La Reserva Federal, respondiendo a la caída del mercado bursátil el jueves, declaró que estaba “escuchando” a los mercados y estaba lista para descartar sus planes de aumentar las tasas de interés.

López Obrador propone presupuesto de austeridad, crea zona libre en la frontera

Alex González, 7 enero 2019

El paquete de financiamiento se caracteriza por un incremento masivo del gasto militar y fondos insignificantes para programas sociales.

El 50 aniversario de la fundación de la Partido Socialista por la Igualdad PSI (Sri Lanka)
La lucha de LCR / PSI contra la guerra civil antitamil

Wasantha Rupasinghe, 7 enero 2019

La quinta parte describe la lucha política intransigente de la LCR/PSI para defender los derechos democráticos de la minoría tamil en la isla y para unir a la clase obrera, cingalesa, tamil y musulmana, sobre la base del internacionalismo socialista.

La calumnia de #MeToo en el New York Times contra Bernie Sanders

Barry Grey, 7 enero 2019

El Times quiere que la próxima campaña demócrata, como la última, esté dominada por la política de género, raza y sexo, no de clase.

Periodista de NBC renuncia atacando a los medios como “defensores de Washington y el sistema”

Bill Van Auken, 7 enero 2019

William Arkin, un reportero veterano y consultor de seguridad para NBC, hizo una mordaz crítica de la prensa corporativa, calificándola de taquígrafa y apologista del aparato militar y de inteligencia.

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Wall Street styrer

Andre Damon, 5. januar 2019

Som reaksjon på sist torsdags nedsalg i aksjemarkedene erklærte US Federal Reserve at de «lyttet» til markedene og er beredt til kullkasting av planene om økte rentenivå.

Ecuador iverksetter «spesialundersøkelse» av Julian Assanges asyl

Mike Head, 5. januar 2019

Moreno regjeringens undersøkelse av tildelingen av WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren asyl og ekvadoriansk statsborgerskap er helt klart utformet for å oppheve begge deler.

Bruduljer i den tyske byen Amberg utnyttes for å oppildne en høyreorientert kampanje

Marianne Arens og Peter Schwarz, 5. januar 2019

Politikere fra Bayern og Berlin har køet opp for å overgå hverandre med forslag til mer restriktive asyllover.

NBC-journalist sier opp med bredside mot medienes rolle som «forsvarere av Washington og systemet»

Bill Van Auken, 5. januar 2019

William Arkin, veteranreporter og sikkerhetskonsulent for NBC, leverte en skoldende kritikk av foretaksmediene som stenografer og apologeter for militær/etterretningsapparatet.

Mumia Abu-Jamal vinner retten til gjenoppta anken mot 1982-dommen

Fred Mazelis, 5. januar 2019

Den internasjonalt kjente fangen har hele tiden fastholdt sin uskyld for mordet på en politibetjent i Philadelphia.

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Ecuador ordnet „Sonderprüfung“ von Julian Assanges Asyl an

Mike Head, 7. Januar 2019

Die Moreno-Regierung prüft nicht nur das Asyl, sondern auch die ecuadorianische Staatsbürgerschaft des WikiLeaks-Gründers mit dem klaren Ziel, ihm beides zu entziehen.

Deutsche Bahn: Auch GDL vereinbart Streikverzicht bis 2021

Dietmar Henning, 7. Januar 2019

Die Deutsche Bahn AG und die Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer (GDL) haben sich auf einen Tarifvertrag geeinigt. Die lange Laufzeit von 29 Monaten schließt bis Februar 2021 Streiks aus.

Interner Lagebericht: Polizei ließ Rechtsextreme in Chemnitz gewähren

Martin Nowak, 7. Januar 2019

Der interne Lagebericht der Polizei über die rechtsextremen Ausschreitungen in Chemnitz macht deutlich, dass die zuständigen Polizeibehörden genauestens über die Ereignisse Bescheid wussten, jedoch nichts unternahmen und die Neo-Nazis marodieren ließen.

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Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Сапатистское восстание вспыхивает в мексиканском Чьяпасе

5 января 2019 г.

1 января 1994 года, в тот же день, когда вступило в силу Североамериканское соглашение о свободной торговле, Сапатистская армия национального освобождения, состоящая в основном из крестьян, подняла открытое восстание в Чьяпасе, самом южном штате Мексики.

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Sudan’daki protestolarda onlarca kişi öldürüldü

Jean Shaoul, 5 Ocak 2019

Sudan Devlet Başkanı Ömer El Beşir hükümetine karşı protestolar sırasında en az 37 kişi öldürüldü, 219 kişi ise yaralandı.

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Perspective

Mobilize the working class against the US government shutdown

7 January 2019

The furloughs and payless paydays for 800,000 federal employees are a major attack on the American working class.

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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.

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.

Commentary

For fifth year in a row, US police kill more than one thousand

By George Gallanis, 7 January 2019

The relentless wave of killings is an indictment of identity politics and the pseudo-left groups who promote racialist politics as an antidote to police violence.

Wall Street rules

By Andre Damon, 5 January 2019

The New York Times’ #MeToo smear against Bernie Sanders

By Barry Grey, 5 January 2019

NBC journalist resigns, blasting media as “defender of Washington and the system”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2019

India’s unions to hold two-day “general strike” next week

By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2019

Democrat Elizabeth Warren enters US presidential race

Report: 452 child workers died in the US from 2003 to 2016

The global slowdown: US trade war comes home

Arts Review

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko: A novel of 20th century Korea and Japan—“History has failed us, but no matter”

By Sandy English, 7 January 2019

Pachinko describes the struggles of four generations of Koreans in Japan. The New York Times named it one of the 10 best novels of 2017.

Netflix’s The Innocent Man: The American injustice system

By Joanne Laurier, 5 January 2019

“Life is forbidden to us … do you want to comply with that?”: The rediscovery of Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz’s The Traveler in Germany

By Clara Weiss, 4 January 2019

Best film and television of 2018

Musical highlights of 2018

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule: The world’s oldest drug courier

Vice: A portrait of an American corporate-military gangster

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.

25 years ago: Bill Clinton agrees to special prosecutor in Whitewater case

On January 12, 1994, under mounting media and political pressure, President Bill Clinton agreed to the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Whitewater case.

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50 years ago: Sweden recognizes North Vietnam

The Social Democratic government of Sweden recognized the Stalinist regime in North Vietnam on January 10, 1969 and indicated it would send an official envoy in the spring.

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75 years ago: American Stalinists “dissolve” Communist Party

On January 9, 1944, the American Communist Party, under orders from Moscow, announced at a public meeting in Madison Square Garden that it would “dissolve” itself as a political party.

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100 years ago: General strike in Buenos Aires

On January 9, 1919, thousands of workers in the Argentine capital led by the Argentine Regional Workers Federation struck in protest of the police killings of workers in two separate strikes in the previous days.

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In Defense of Julian Assange

Ecuador unveils “special examination” of Julian Assange’s asylum

By Mike Head, 5 January 2019

Silence follows Trump attorney’s statement that Julian Assange did nothing “wrong”

More on the fight to free Julian Assange »

Workers Struggles

UAW lawsuit against GM pits temporary part-time workers against laid-off Lordstown workers over jobs

By Shannon Jones, 5 January 2019

As one-year anniversary of lockout approaches
Alcoa intensifies attack on Quebec ABI workers

By Laurent Lafrance, 4 January 2019

Amazon worker describes brutal conditions at Tracy, California warehouse during Camp Fire

By Evan Blake, 3 January 2019

“Amazon ruined my life”
Amazon hired private detectives to spy on injured worker

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Science

New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule

By Bryan Dyne, 4 January 2019

Moon targeted for further exploration, orbiting space stations and militarization

By Henry Allan and Bryan Dyne, 27 December 2018

Editorial Cartoon

General James “Mad Dog” Mattis’ resignation “stuns” leading Democrats

Mattis, who led the bloody US campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 and boasted to his troops in Afghanistan that “it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot” Afghans, is now being hailed as an American hero, a rock of stability and sanity whose departure has set the ship of state adrift.

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.

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The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Watch: Shannon Allen's remarks at Detroit autoworkers meeting

A significant step forward: Detroit meeting of autoworkers resolves to form rank-and-file committees

By Joseph Kishore, 13 December 2018

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.

IYSSE

Student parliament condemns right-wing attack on IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our reporters, 17 December 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.