Los Angeles teachers strike in second largest school district in US

By David Brown, 14 January 2019

Teachers across California and the nation looking for a way to defend public education are confronting the efforts of the unions to isolate them.

For a united struggle to defend public education in California and beyond!

Widespread support for Los Angeles teacher strike as unions seek to block statewide struggle

Los Angeles and the billionaires’ plan to destroy public education

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Sickouts spread, impact widens as US shutdown enters fourth week

By Rebecca Campbell, 14 January 2019

The longest government shutdown in US history continues to impact on the economy as federal workers and government contractors try to cope with missed paychecks.

Amid threat of national emergency declaration
US government workers call in sick, demand strike action against lockout and payless paydays

Trump at the Rubicon

Trump’s “national emergency” threat and the danger of presidential dictatorship

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France’s mass “yellow vest” protests continue to grow in 2019

By Alex Lantier, 14 January 2019

Demonstrations this Saturday grew significantly compared with last week, amid rising anger at French President Emmanuel Macron.

Thousands of French teachers join “Red Pens” protest on Facebook
“We have the same fight in France as the US”

By Will Morrow, 14 January 2019

The growing movement of French teachers is developing on social media and largely independently of the national education unions.

Macron launches fraudulent “national debate” on “yellow vest” protests

More on the 'yellow vest' protests in France »

New year sees continuing strike wave in Portugal

By Paul Mitchell, 14 January 2019

So far this year, strike action has taken place or is pending in the judicial system, dockyards, oil refineries and food industry and among teachers and nurses.

Mine collapse in northern China leaves 21 dead

By Robert Campion, 14 January 2019

China is the largest producer of coal in the world and notorious for its poor safety record.

Spain’s far-right Vox party backs right-wing coalition government in Andalusia

By Alejandro López, 14 January 2019

This is the first time a far-right party promoting the legacy of fascist dictator Francisco Franco helped form a government since the Francoite dictatorship fell 40 years ago.

German political parties and media express solidarity with far-right AfD

By Ulrich Rippert and Johannes Stern, 14 January 2019

The Magnitz case reveals the extent to which the AfD has been integrated into official politics.

Was the hack of German politicians data supported by the state?

Massive campaign to defend Israeli religious students accused of killing Palestinian mother of nine

By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2019

The murder and its aftermath highlight the utter lawlessness and racism inherent in the Greater Israel project from which the settler movement stems.

Hypocritical outrage from media, politicians after latest racist outburst by Iowa Congressman Steve King

By Trévon Austin, 14 January 2019

The intimate ties between the Republican Party and far-right, segregationist forces have been systematically covered up by the media and the Democrats as well as the Republicans.

New York City public housing residents in the South Bronx without heat for a decade

By Katy Kinner, 14 January 2019

During the winter months, New York City’s social misery is on full display as public housing residents live without reliable heat or hot water.

Macy’s marks worst day ever on Wall Street, will shut eight stores in 2019

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 January 2019

Against the backdrop of Sears’ threatened liquidation, Macy’s and other department retailers suffered severe stock drops and announced plans for more store closures.

Australia: Casual coal miners begin week long strike in Wollongong

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 January 2019

Labor and the unions, which have spearheaded the destruction of full-time jobs, are cynically exploiting the stoppage to posture as opponents of growing casualisation.

Financial warnings point to Australia’s economic and political instability

New Zealand doctors prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 14 January 2019

Some 3,300 doctors will join the strike in opposition to deepening attacks on working conditions in public hospitals under the Labour Party-led government.

Felix Tshisekedi declared victor in disputed presidential election in Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 14 January 2019

Heavily-armed riot police were deployed outside the electoral commission’s headquarters in Kinshasa ahead of the announcement.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Американские сталинисты «распускают» Коммунистическую партию

14 января 2019 г.

9 января 1944 года Коммунистическая партия США по распоряжению, поступившему из Москвы, на открытом собрании в Мэдисон-сквер-гарден объявила о том, что «распускается» как политическая партия.

New in Turkish

İşçi sınıfı ve çevre krizi

Patrick Martin, 14 Ocak 2019

İklim değişikliği krizi, kapitalist üretimin, kar ve en güçlü kapitalist ulus devletlerin stratejik çıkarları eliyle yönlendirilen anarşik ve plansız karakterinin ölümcül sonuçlarının altını çizmektedir.

Kanadalı, ABD’li ve Meksikalı otomotiv işçilerini birleştirin!
GM’nin Oshawa’da ve ABD’de fabrikaları kapatmasına karşı taban komiteleri inşa edin

WSWS Otomotiv İşçileri Bülteni, 14 Ocak 2019

General Motors’un Kanada’daki ve ABD’deki beş fabrikayı yaklaşık 15.000 iş kaybına yol açacak şekilde kapatma planı, tüm işçilere yönelik durdurulması gereken amansız bir saldırıdır.

75 yıl önce: Amerikalı Stalinistler Komünist Parti’yi “kapattı”

14 Ocak 2019

9 Ocak 1944’te, ABD Komünist Partisi, Moskova’nın emriyle, kendisini siyasi bir parti olarak kapatacağını ilan etti.

New in Spanish

El significado político de la huelga general de dos días en la India

Keith Jones, 14 enero 2019

La huelga general de esta semana en la India, una de las más grandes en la historia, es parte de un resurgimiento de la clase trabajadora mundial.

¡Por una lucha unida por defender la educación pública en California y más allá!

el Boletín de Maestros del WSWS, 14 enero 2019

A medida que los docentes en Los Ángeles se preparan para salir en huelga, enfrentan el hecho de que los sindicatos están buscando socavar y aislar su lucha contra la privatización y otros ataques a la educación pública.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
6. 1975: el año del gran viraje

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 14 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.

La lucha contra la austeridad y por los Estados Unidos Socialista de Europa

el Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (Reino Unido), 14 enero 2019

La respuesta a la austeridad en Reino Unido no es la elección de un Gobierno laborista procapitalista, sino la unificación de la clase obrera en todo el continente en lucha por el socialismo.

Primer ministro francés propone registro estatal de manifestantes

Alex Lantier, 14 enero 2019

En cara a la creciente ira de los trabajadores, el Gobierno de Macron ha adoptado propuestas neofascistas de represión interna.

Maduro en Venezuela asume su segundo mandato en medio de un creciente descontento social y amenazas de intervención

Bill Van Auken, 14 enero 2019

Washington, la UE y el denominado Grupo de Lima de gobiernos latinoamericanos derechistas han llamado al segundo gobierno de Maduro “ilegítimo”, invitando de esta forma a un cambio de régimen.

Pompeo en El Cairo: la cara fea del imperialismo estadounidense

Bill Van Auken, 14 enero 2019

Refeljando las prioridades del imperialismo estadounidense en la región, Pompeo mencionó 25 veces a Irán en su discurso, en comparación con apenas una docenas de referencias al “terrorismo”.

New in French

Une explosion de gaz fait quatre morts et des dizaines de blessés à Paris

Anthony Torres, 14 janvier 2019

Cette tragédie a rapidement soulevé des questions sur l’incurie des pouvoirs publics et l’état délabré du réseau de gaz à Paris.

L’importance politique de la grève générale de deux jours en Inde

Keith Jones, 14 janvier 2019

La grève générale de cette semaine en Inde, l’une des plus grandes grèves de l’histoire, s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un essor croissant de la classe ouvrière mondiale.

Pas de licenciements ! Pas de concessions !
Les travailleurs de l’automobile appellent à une manifestation le 9 février pour lutter contre les fermetures d’usines de GM

Jerry White, 14 janvier 2019

Le Comité directeur de la Coalition des comités de base, qui a été établie le mois dernier, demande aux travailleurs et aux jeunes de défiler le 9 février jusqu’au siège social de GM au centre-ville de Detroit.

Après un an de lock-out:
ABI garde la ligne dure tandis que les Métallos isolent les travailleurs

Laurent Lafrance, 14 janvier 2019

L’opposition d’Alcoa aux offres de règlement du gouvernement québécois de droite montre qu’elle veut le champ libre pour déterminer quand et sous quelles conditions elle mettra fin au lock-out.

Après l’arrêt de travail pour protester la fermeture de l’usine GM d’Oshawa
Les travailleurs de l'automobile se font servir le poison du nationalisme canadien à un rassemblement à Windsor

Shannon Jones, 14 janvier 2019

Les travailleurs de l'automobile qui assistaient à un rassemblement organisé par Unifor à Windsor, en Ontario, et qui cherchaient un moyen de lutter contre les fermetures d'usines de GM, se sont vu plutôt servir une forte dose de nationalisme canadien par les dirigeants syndicaux.

New in German

Die politische Bedeutung des zweitägigen Generalstreiks in Indien

Keith Jones, 14. Januar 2019

Der Generalstreik in Indien letzte Woche, einer der größten Streiks der Geschichte, ist Teil eines wachsenden Aufschwungs der Arbeiterkämpfe weltweit.

Jaguar Land Rover will in England fast 5000 Stellen streichen

Robert Stevens, 14. Januar 2019

Der größte britische Autobauer verzeichnete schon im letzten Oktober Verluste von 90 Millionen Pfund. Die Umsätze in China, dem wichtigsten und profitträchtigsten Markt, brachen um fast 50 Prozent ein.

Die Lehren von 1933 und der Kampf gegen Faschismus heute
Erfolgreicher Wahlauftakt der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität

unseren Reportern, 14. Januar 2019

Am Mittwoch diskutierten 60 Studierende über den Aufstieg des Faschismus, die Lehren der Geschichte und die Bedeutung einer sozialistischen Perspektive.

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 Bengali

সামাজিক বিপর্যয় ও রাজনৈতিক প্রতিক্রিয়াশীলতার বিরুদ্ধে লড়াই করতে ভারতীয় শ্রমিকদের প্রয়োজন এক বিপ্লবী সমাজতান্ত্রিক কার্য্যক্রম

দীপাল জয়েশেখেরা ও কিথ জোনস্‌, ৮ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯

সামাজিক বিপর্যয় এবং "বিনিয়োগকারীদের স্বার্থে" বিজেপি সরকারের করা অর্থনৈতিক পন্থার - অর্থাৎ বর্বর নিষ্ঠুরতা, বেসরকারিকরণ, নিরাপত্তাহীন চুক্তি অনুযায়ী কাজের প্রচার, পরিবেশ বিধি ও কর্মক্ষেত্রে নিরাপত্তার নিয়ম না মানা, বড় ব্যবসা ও ধনীদের জন্য কর-এ প্রবল ছাড় দেওয়া এবং শ্রমিক ও গ্রামের গরীব মানুষদের কর-এ ব্যাপক বৃদ্ধির বিরুদ্ধে আগামী মঙ্গলবার ও বুধবার হাজার হাজার শ্রমিক ও যুব সারা ভারত ব্যাপী ৪৮ ঘন্টার ধর্মঘটে অংশগ্রহণ করবে।

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

New in Turkish

ABD-Türkiye arasındaki gerilimler Suriye’den çekilme planı üzerinden yükseliyor

Bill Van Auken, 11 Ocak 2019

Salı günü, Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, kendisini ziyarete gelen ABD’li bir güvenlik ve ordu heyeti ile görüşmeyi reddetti.

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Perspective

The FBI’s police state operation against Trump

14 January 2019

A New York Times report aimed at reviving the anti-Russia campaign against Trump exposes a conspiracy by the political police of the FBI to negate the results of the 2016 election.

Earlier Perspectives »

Autoworkers struggles

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

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

Following Oshawa GM sitdown protest, autoworkers fed poison of Canadian nationalism at Windsor rally

By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2019

More on autoworkers issues »

Commentary

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

By Steve James, 14 January 2019

The deeper the crisis, the more openly the Labour Party and the trade unions reveal their function as a political and industrial police force for big business over the working class.

People’s Assembly protesters back yellow vest movement, unity of European workers

By our reporters, 14 January 2019

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

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 political significance of India’s two-day general strike

By Keith Jones, 12 January 2019

Mounting social anger seen in two-day strike against Indian government

US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson targeted by #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 12 January 2019

Actor Kevin Spacey arraigned on indecent assault charge in Massachusetts

Pompeo in Cairo: The ugly face of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2019

Corporate media smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 January 2019

More on the fight to free Julian Assange »

Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2019

Arts Review

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

By Richard Phillips, 14 January 2019

The main problem of We The Workers is not the director’s stylistic approach but the film’s uncritical attitude towards the political agenda of the labour activists.

Steins;Gate 0: A sequel to the popular time-travel anime series

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk: A film version of the James Baldwin novel

South Park episodes dramatize plight of Amazon workers, ridicule Jeff Bezos

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

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.

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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New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation 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. The lecture was first published on the WSWS on November 14, 2018.

Workers Struggles

Security personnel at German airports continue protest strikes

By K. Nesan and Marianne Arens, 12 January 2019

“The Teamsters won’t fight for us. It’s not a good contract”
Chicago UPS workers speak out against sellout contract

By George Marlowe and Jessica Goldstein, 11 January 2019

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

By Clare Hurley, 11 January 2019

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

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

More on Amazon »

Actors and stage managers strike against developmental work with Broadway League

By Katy Kinner, 11 January 2019

Featured Interview

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

By Eric London, 10 January 2019

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

A discussion with Helen Pluckrose, co-author of “Grievance Studies” hoax article

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.