Profits over people
US refuses to ground Boeing jet despite second crash in five months

By Barry Grey, 13 March 2019

There are immense financial interests bound up with the profitability and stock price of Boeing that far outweigh the danger of more destruction of human life and suffering for victims’ friends and family.

Boeing jetliner crashes in Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers and crew

Students and youth across the US demand freedom for Chelsea Manning

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 March 2019

The International Youth and Students for Socialist Equality is leading the fight to organize opposition to the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning by holding a series of meetings and rallies.

New poll shows American youth are increasingly supportive of socialism

By Trévon Austin, 13 March 2019

The leftward shift among youth is a direct consequence of the failure of the capitalist system, which offers only war, austerity, and social disaster.

UK: May’s Brexit deal rejected by parliament again

By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2019

With just 16 days to go before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, no deal has been agreed on trading relations after Brexit.

US withdraws embassy personnel, calling presence a “constraint” on US actions in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2019

With the regime change operation centered on the right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó stalling, the threat of US military intervention mounts.

Claims that Venezuelan military burned aid truck exposed as imperialist propaganda

UAW bargaining convention sets course for new round of give-backs

By Jerry White, 13 March 2019

150,000 workers at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler face a contract battle against the auto companies and the UAW this summer.

Cambridge University’s planned involvement with military propaganda programme exposed

By Emanuele Saccarelli and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 March 2019

The Varsity student newspaper has exposed the proposed involvement of Cambridge University in England in a Ministry of Defence propaganda programme.

Massive cuts and layoffs loom in San Diego’s Sweetwater school district

By Evelyn Rios, 13 March 2019

The cuts to central administrative staff are only the initial round of mass layoffs and cuts to cover a $68 million shortfall caused by district corruption and embezzlement.

Aiming to quash strikes, US teacher union launches campaign to prop up Democrats

More on the defense of public education »

Thousands of US Stop & Shop workers in New England vote for strike action

By Kate Randall, 13 March 2019

The supermarket giant is seeking to drive down the wages and conditions of workers to the level of their nonunion competitors by cutting take-home pay and attacking health and pension benefits.

India: Modi government suppresses disastrous unemployment report

By Kranti Kumara, 13 March 2019

According to the government’s own Labour Force Survey, India’s unemployment rate is the highest in 45 years.

Crucial evidence from New Zealand mine disaster missing

By Tom Peters, 13 March 2019

No one has been held accountable for blatant safety violations which led to the Pike River Coal mine explosion in 2010 that killed 29 men.

Australian unions try to push through another sellout deal at BlueScope steel

By Martin Scott, 13 March 2019

Working hand-in-hand with BlueScope management, the Australian Workers Union claimed that the fate of the multi-billion dollar company depended on “sacrifices” being made by its employees.

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Det algeriske regimet lover bedragersk «overgang» mens streiker brer seg

Will Morrow, 13. mars 2019

Mens Bouteflika har lovet ikke å søke en femte periode skal det oppnås ved å utsette valgene og utvide hans nåværende embetsperiode på ubestemt tid.

Algeriere i Frankrike protesterer i solidaritet med streikebølgen i Algerie

V. Gnana og Alex Lantier, 13. mars 2019

På søndag organiserte nok en gang algeriere protester i Paris og Marseille, ei uke etter at 1 000 algeriere protesterte i Montreal, Canada.

Fransk-italiensk stedfortrederkrig i Libya

Marianne Arens, 13. mars 2019

Det er konkrete materielle interesser bak de skarpe spenningene mellom Frankrike og Italia, som i februar førte til at Frankrike kalte hjem sin ambassadør til Roma.

Mark Zuckerbergs «Personvern-manifest»: Et direktiv for intensiveringen av sensur av Internett og sosialmedier

Kevin Reed, 13. mars 2019

Facebooks nye visjon, publisert den 6. mars av Mark Zuckerberg som hans «Privacy Manifesto», er del av styringselitens svar på rollen sosialmedier spiller i veksten av klassekampen internasjonalt.

Et amerikansk budsjett for verdensomspennende krig

Patric Martin, 13. mars 2019

Trump-administrasjonen forespør om et rekordhøyt militærbudsjett på $ 750 milliarder, mer enn de neste 14 landene til sammen.

Hva ligger bak kampanjen mot den renomerte dirigenten Daniel Barenboim

Clara Weiss, 13. mars 2019

Et sentralanliggende for kampanjen i Berlin mot Barenboim må være hans langvarige kritikk av israelsk okkupasjon og undertrykking av det palestinske folket.

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Le régime algérien promet une «transition» politique frauduleuse à mesure que les grèves s’étendent

Will Morrow, 13 mars 2019

Bien que Bouteflika se soit engagé à ne pas briguer un cinquième mandat, cela doit se faire en reportant les élections et en prolongeant indéfiniment son mandat actuel.

Un budget américain pour faire la guerre mondiale

Patrick Martin, 13 mars 2019

Le gouvernement Trump réclame un budget militaire record de 750 milliards de dollars, plus que les 14 pays suivants réunis.

Le Parti de l’égalité socialiste intente une action en justice contre les services secrets allemands

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 13 mars 2019

Le SGP appelle tous les individus, organisations et institutions qui défendent les droits démocratiques à soutenir le procès contre les attaques des services secrets.

Pourquoi y a-t-il si peu de scepticisme dans les médias au sujet de «Leaving Neverland» et de ses allégations contre Michael Jackson?

David Walsh, 13 mars 2019

Leaving Neverland se base principalement sur les témoignages de deux hommes, Wade Robson et James Safechuck, qui affirment que le chanteur Michael Jackson les a agressés sexuellement pendant de nombreuses années, dans les années 1980 et 1990.

Canada: Pourquoi la frénésie des médias dans l’affaire SNC-Lavalin?

Roger Jordan, 13 mars 2019

La classe ouvrière doit intervenir contre toutes les factions de l’élite capitaliste et de l’establishment politique, en avançant un programme socialiste contre l’austérité et la guerre.

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Un presupuesto estadounidense para una guerra global

Por Patrick Martin, 13 marzo 2019

El Gobierno de Trump está solicitando un gasto militar récord de $750 mil millones, más que los siguientes 14 países combinados.

El régimen argelino promete una “transición” política fraudulenta según se extienden las huelgas

Por Will Morrow, 13 marzo 2019

Mientras Bouteflika ha prometido que no buscará un quinto término, pospuso las elecciones y extendió su mandato actual indefinidamente.

En medio de crecientes protestas, el gobierno de Moreno despide a miles en Ecuador

Por Cesar Uco, 13 marzo 2019

Unos 10,000 trabajadores han sido despedidos como parte de un acuerdo con el FMI que exige la reducción del 10 por ciento de los empleados públicos y otras medidas de austeridad.

Los demócratas aprueban una resolución que tilda de “antisemita” crítica a Israel de la legisladora Omar

Por Barry Grey, 13 marzo 2019

Con este voto, el Partido Demócrata se ha unido a la caza de brujas librada por los republicanos y a las fuerzas derechistas internacionalmente contra un crecimiento fabricado de “antisemitismo izquierdista”.

El New York Times se alínea con halcones anti-China

Por Nick Beams, 13 marzo 2019

La demanda clave de los Estados Unidos es que China debe realizar cambios "estructurales" en su economía, incluido el abandono de los subsidios estatales a las principales industrias.

El “Manifiesto de privacidad” de Mark Zuckerberg: Un informe para intensificar la censura del internet y las redes sociales

Por Kevin Reed, 13 marzo 2019

La nueva visión para Facebook publicada por Mark Zuckerberg el 6 de marzo es parte de la respuesta por parte de la élite gobernante al papel que juegan las redes sociales en el crecimiento de la lucha de clases a nivel internacional.

El Partido Socialista por la Igualdad presenta una demanda contra el servicio secreto alemán

Por el Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 13 marzo 2019

El SGP insta a todos los individuos, organizaciones, e instituciones que defienden los derechos democráticos a que apoyen la querella contra los ataques de los servicios secretos.

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Ein US-Haushalt für weltweiten Krieg

Patrick Martin, 13. März 2019

Die Trump-Regierung plant einen Haushalt mit Rekordausgaben für das Militär in Höhe von 750 Milliarden Dollar - mehr als die nächsten 14 Länder zusammen.

Streiks in Algerien gehen trotz betrügerischem Versprechen eines politischen „Übergangs“ weiter

Will Morrow, 13. März 2019

Bouteflika hat zwar den Verzicht auf eine fünfte Amtszeit angekündigt, allerdings soll dafür die Wahl ausgesetzt und die derzeitige Amtszeit auf unbestimmte Zeit verlängert werden.

Berliner Verkehrsarbeiter treten erneut in Warnstreik

Andy Niklaus, 13. März 2019

Am Dienstagabend lehnte die Tarifkommission der Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe das Angebot der Arbeitgeberseite ab und rief die Busfahrer für Donnerstag den 14. März zum Streik auf.

Mahnwache vor Botschaft Ecuadors in London fordert Freiheit für Assange und Chelsea Manning

unseren Reportern, 13. März 2019

Gestern fand vor der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London eine lebhafte Kundgebung statt, die vom Julian Assange Defence Committee einberufen und von der Socialist Equality Party (UK) und der World Socialist Web Site unterstützt wurde.

Fiktion und Realität: Das Bürgereinkommen der italienischen Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung

Marianne Arens, 13. März 2019

Das neue Bürgereinkommen entpuppt sich als italienische Variante des deutschen Hartz IV. An der krassen sozialen Polarisierung wird es nichts ändern.

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O fechamento da fábrica da GM em Lordstown

Jerry White, 11 Março 2019

O fechamento da icônica fábrica, que foi palco de inúmeras greves selvagens e outras lutas militantes no início dos anos 1970, é o resultado de meio século de traições realizadas pelo sindicato UAW.

As lições políticas da manifestação pela liberdade de Assange de 3 de Março

Comitê Político do Partido Socialista pela Igualdade (Austrália), 11 Março 2019

A manifestação em Sidney ganhou amplo apoio a partir da mobilização da classe trabalhadora para defender os direitos democráticos e os prisioneiros da guerra de classes como Julian Assange.

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Perspective

The working class enters into struggle in Algeria

13 March 2019

The eruption of mass workers protests against the Algerian regime vindicate the ICFI’s struggle against Pabloite tendencies that claimed this regime would build socialism.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning!

Free Chelsea Manning!

By Andre Damon, 11 March 2019

Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange are class-war prisoners, whose freedom depends on the mobilization of the working class.

Voices at the London Solidarity Vigil in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
“We owe so much to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”

By our reporters, 13 March 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s Solidarity Vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London to demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Chris Marsden at Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange
“Britain now plays the key role in the conspiracy to silence Julian Assange once and for all”

Emmy Butlin at London rally to defend Assange
“We need international solidarity to bring about a positive outcome in this struggle for freedom for Julian Assange”

Vigil outside London Ecuadorian embassy demands freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

Melbourne rally calls on workers and youth to defend Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 11 March 2019

Workers and young people speak out at Melbourne rally to free Assange and Manning

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

New York University student paper joins in “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt against critics of Israel

By Josh Varlin and Sandy English, 13 March 2019

The Washington Square News was forced to remove an article describing Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour as an “accused anti-Semite” after student protest.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian Trotskyists hold Kolkata public meeting to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 13 March 2019

Sunday’s event was held against the background of intense political and military tension and the danger of war between India and Pakistan, with deadly consequences for millions of people in the region.

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

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

The Fight Against Fascism

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”
Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist and prominent opponent of fascism, to speak in US

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

Updated: Letters oppose barring of SEP panel on the fight against fascism from Historical Materialism conference

ISO and DSA bar Socialist Equality Party panel on the fight against fascism from upcoming Historical Materialism conference

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

SEP meetings launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 6 March 2019

Commentary

Netflix’s Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism

By David North and Clara Weiss, 8 March 2019

Netflix is currently presenting to its worldwide audience the virulently anti-Semitic television series, Trotsky, which was originally produced by the Russian state in 2017.

A US budget for worldwide war

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2019

Arts Review

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya: A satire from Macedonia “between anger and melancholy”

By Verena Nees, 13 March 2019

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival once again presented a number of documentary and feature films from eastern and southeastern Europe. Some took a new and refreshing approach.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Slave labour and new forms of capitalist exploitation in the 21st century

What lies behind the campaign against famed conductor Daniel Barenboim?

By Clara Weiss, 12 March 2019

Workers Struggles

For joint action of US, Canadian and Mexican workers
Defend the Matamoros workers!

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 12 March 2019

SEP in Sri Lanka wins strong support for plantation workers’ conference

By our reporters, 9 March 2019

Demand the unconditional reinstatement of Sri Lankan plantation worker S. Balasubramaniyam!

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil, 7 March 2019

25 years ago: G-7 “job creation” summit held in Detroit

On March 14, 1994, the labor and finance ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries met in Detroit, Michigan on the false promise of “creating jobs” amid the worst economic downturn and highest unemployment rates worldwide since the Great Depression.

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50 years ago: Nixon administration steps up Cold War militarism

On March 14, 1969 US President Richard Nixon announced the implementation of the Safeguard Program, part of a broader escalation in the scale of various cold war military conflicts.

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75 years ago: French Resistance adopts program for the establishment of a bourgeois republic

On March 15, 1944, the National Council of the Resistance, an umbrella body which oversaw the struggle against the Nazi occupation of France under the direction of the Allied powers—the United States, Britain and Canada—formally adopted a program for the establishment of a bourgeois republic following the overthrow of the fascist forces.

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100 years ago: Don Cossacks revolt against Soviets in Russian Civil War

On March 11, 1919, 30,000 Cossacks in Ukraine’s northern Donbas region revolted in the rear of the Red Army. The revolt was centered in the village of Vyoshenskaya and led by Pavel Kudinov.

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History of the ICFI

From the arsenal of Trotskyism
The Political Report by David North to the International Committee of the Fourth International—February 11, 1984

12 February 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, David North, then the national secretary of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party), presented at a meeting of the International Committee of the Fourth International a critique of the British Workers Revolutionary Party’s abandonment of key theoretical conceptions and programmatic principles of Trotskyism.

History

How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution
Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2019

Halil Celik, 1961-2018

Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2019

On December 31, 2018, Halil Celik, founder and leader of the group Sosyalist Eşitlik, which supports the International Committee of the Fourth International in Turkey, died of cancer at the age of 57. This obituary presents an overview of his life.

In memory of Halil Celik (1961–2018)

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

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

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

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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