UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2019

The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.

Supporters oppose eviction of Julian Assange outside London’s Ecuadorian embassy

By Paul Mitchell, 6 April 2019

Defend Julian Assange!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 April 2019

WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy

Free Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange! »

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants

By Dan Conway, 6 April 2019

Trump’s visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

Massive ICE workplace raid jails 280 immigrant workers in Texas

The threat to close the US-Mexico border

More on North American immigrant issues »

Boeing CEO praised “streamlined” oversight of 737 plane that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia

By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019

Muilenberg’s praise for the gutting of government oversight points to the subordination of safety concerns to profit and the transformation of regulatory agencies into rubber stamps for the corporations.

Investigation shows that a malfunctioning Boeing sensor caused Ethiopian Airlines crash

Why aren’t Boeing executives being prosecuted for the 737 Max 8 crashes?

More on airline workers issues »

Mass protests in Algeria follow Bouteflika’s resignation

By Will Morrow, 6 April 2019

As protesters denounced the fraudulent military-backed transition, the army released a statement yesterday threatening any opposition to its interests.

Bouteflika’s resignation as Algerian president to take place by April 28

More on Algeria »

US-China trade deal pushed back

By Nick Beams, 6 April 2019

Trump emerged from a meeting with chief Chinese trade negotiator Liu He to say it would take at least four weeks to reach an agreement as he declined to set a date for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Office workers killed in building fires in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 6 April 2019

Hundreds of residents have been killed or injured in recent years by the regularly occurring fires in the city.

Netanyahu embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro during Israel visit

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2019

Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

Fascists mount pogrom against Roma population in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 6 April 2019

The fascists, who feel emboldened by the Italian government, enjoy little support among the population.

Surrounding land left highly toxic after Grenfell Tower inferno

By Thomas Scripps, 6 April 2019

The publication of Professor Anna Stec’s full study details “significant environmental contamination” in the densely populated area around Grenfell Tower.

More on the Grenfell Tower fire »

“Music is too powerful to be silenced by tyranny”
Chicago symphony musicians host packed concerts as strike reaches turning point

By George Marlowe, 6 April 2019

Musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have continued to host successful, packed concerts as their strike enters its fourth week.

Another steelworker killed at ArcelorMittal in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019

Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.

“We are the future. Give us what we need!”
Thousands of Ontario students walk out to protest school cuts

By our reporters, 6 April 2019

The student-led initiative saw thousands rally across the province against the right-wing government of Doug Ford.

Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019

If public education from kindergarten to university is to be defended, workers and students must launch a political struggle independently of the unions and in opposition to the entire political establishment.

Australia: Tasmanian teachers take strike action

By Frank Gaglioti, 6 April 2019

Teachers in Tasmania are the lowest paid of any state in Australia.

Mexico’s López Obrador attacks teachers through right-wing education reform

By Alex González, 6 April 2019

AMLO and Morena have adopted the education legislation of his predecessor, while the CNTE union works to isolate teachers’ struggles.

As Mexican president calls Mussolini a “great leader”
Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros

More on the defense of public education »

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Уинстон Черчилль бросает в тюрьму британских троцкистов

6 апреля 2019 г.

5 апреля 1944 года Скотланд-Ярд, действуя по приказу правительства Уинстона Черчилля, совершил налет на штаб-квартиру и место собраний Революционной коммунистической партии, британской секции мирового троцкистского движения.

New in Turkish

ABD Türkiye’ye karşı tehditleri tırmandırıyor ve seçim anlaşmazlığını kullanıyor

Keith Jones, 6 Nisan 2019

Washington, ilk S-400 bataryalarının Türkiye’ye teslimatının Haziran için kararlaştırılması ve Ankara’nın Patriot füze sistemini satın alması teklifini geri çevirmesi ile birlikte, şimdiden misilleme eylemine başlamış durumda.

Washington IŞİD’e karşı zafer ilan ederken, devasa insani kayıp görmezden geliniyor

Bill Van Auken, 6 Nisan 2019

IŞİD’e karşı sözde zafer, tam da ABD emperyalizminin Ortadoğu’da daha geniş ve kanlı bir savaş başlatmaya hazırlandığı sırada, bölgenin büyük kısmını, toplumsal patlamalar için koşulların oluşturulduğu bir çöle dönüştürmüştür.

New in Spanish

Las implicaciones políticas de las negociaciones entre May y Corbyn sobre el brexit

Chris Marsden, 6 abril 2019

Las negociaciones sobre un acuerdo alternativo para la salida británica de la UE entre la primera ministra conservadora, Theresa May, y Jeremy Corbyn refutan decisivamente todas las afirmaciones de que su elección como líder del Partido Laborista ofrecía un camino adelante para el pueblo trabajador.

WikiLeaks advierte que es inminente el desalojo de Julian Assange de la embajada de Ecuador en Londres

Oscar Grenfell, 6 abril 2019

El editor advirtió que una “fuente de alto nivel” del interior del Estado ecuatoriano tenía información acerca de que Assange sería expulsado del edificio y tomado bajo custodia británica “en cuestión de horas o días”.

Redada masiva del ICE en centro de trabajo encarcela a 280 trabajadores inmigrantes en Texas

Matthew Taylor, 6 abril 2019

La redada masiva, la más grande en EUA en más de una década, tiene consecuencias devastadoras tanto para los trabajadores inmigrantes como para los nacidos en EUA.

Estados Unidos intensifica las amenazas contra Turquía, aprovechando la controversia electoral

Keith Jones, 6 abril 2019

El conflicto por la compra del sistema de defensa aérea S-400 de Ankara es un punto de tensión para los grandes conflictos geopolíticos que surgen del giro de Washington al "conflicto estratégico" con Rusia y China.

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WikiLeaks prévient d'un risque imminent que Julian Assange soit expulsé de l'ambassade d'Équateur à Londres

Oscar Grenfell, 6 avril 2019

L’éditeur a averti qu’une «source de haut niveau» au sein de l’État équatorien disposait d’informations selon lesquelles Assange serait expulsé du bâtiment et placé sous garde britannique «dans les heures ou les jours à venir».

Les implications politiques des négociations entre Corbyn et May sur le Brexit

Chris Marsden, 6 avril 2019

Les pourparlers sur un autre accord de Brexit entre la Première ministre britannique Theresa May et Jeremy Corbyn réfutent de manière décisive toutes les affirmations selon lesquelles son élection à la tête du Parti travailliste ouvrait la voie à suivre pour la classe ouvrière.

Une rafle massive de l'ICE sur les lieux de travail met en détention 280 travailleurs immigrés au Texas

Matthew Taylor, 6 avril 2019

Cette rafle de masse, la plus importante depuis plus d'une décennie aux États-Unis, aura des conséquences dévastatrices pour les travailleurs immigrés comme pour les travailleurs nés aux États-Unis.

Le premier ministre du Québec intervient dans le lock-out à ABI et exige plus de concessions des travailleurs

Laurent Lafrance, 6 avril 2019

La stratégie syndicale consistant à isoler les travailleurs de l’Aluminerie de Bécancour, et à les subordonner aux partis de la grande entreprise tels que la CAQ, a été démasquée comme une faillite totale et une trahison des membres de la base.

New in German

Die politische Bedeutung der Brexit-Gespräche zwischen Corbyn und May

Chris Marsden, 6. April 2019

Um eine gemeinsame Lösung aus der Brexit-Krise zu finden, führt Jeremy Corbyn jetzt Gespräche mit der britischen Premierministerin Theresa May. Er widerlegt damit endgültig all diejenigen, die seine Wahl zum Labour-Vorsitzenden als einen Weg vorwärts für die Arbeiterklasse bezeichnet hatten.

WikiLeaks warnt: Julian Assanges Ausweisung aus der Botschaft Ecuadors steht unmittelbar bevor

Oscar Grenfell, 6. April 2019

WikiLeaks gab bekannt, eine „hochrangige Quelle“ im ecuadorianischen Staatsapparat habe erfahren, dass Assange „in den nächsten Stunden oder Tagen“ aus dem Botschaftsgebäude ausgewiesen und den britischen Behörden übergeben werde.

Bundestag feiert 70 Jahre Nato und trommelt für massive Aufrüstung

Johannes Stern, 6. April 2019

Die herrschende Klasse in Deutschland reagiert auf die tiefste Krise des Kapitalismus seit den 1930er Jahren und die wachsenden Spannungen zwischen den Großmächten mit einer regelrechten nationalistischen und militaristischen Aufwallung.

Für die entschädigungslose Enteignung der Miethaie!

der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 6. April 2019

Die heutige Mieten-Demonstration ist Teil einer wachsenden internationalen Mobilisierung gegen soziale Ungleichheit, Arbeitshetze und Staatsaufrüstung. Immer deutlicher richtet sich der Widerstand direkt gegen den Kapitalismus und das Profitsystem.

Physik, Poesie und die Suche nach der Quantengravitation
Zu Carlo Rovellis Werk „Die Wirklichkeit, die nicht so ist, wie sie scheint“

Bryan Dyne, 6. April 2019

Rovellis Werk über moderne Physik geht von einem materialistischen Standpunkt aus und erklärt diesen für jedermann verständlich. Der Physiker schöpft dabei aus seinem Verständnis für Philosophie und Literatur.

New in Norwegian

De politiske implikasjonene av Corbyn/May Brexit-samtalene

Chris Marsden, 6. april 2019

Forhandlingene om en alternativ Brexit-avtale mellom Storbritannias konservative statsminister Theresa May og Jeremy Corbyn motbeviser alle påstander om at hans valg som leder av Labour Party tilbød en vei fremover for arbeidende mennesker.

New York Times beklager det staggede kuppet i Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 6. april 2019

Times har en skitten historikk for å støtte amerikanske kriger for regimeendring og høyreorienterte kupp, på tvers av hele planeten.

WikiLeaks advarer for at Julian Assange står overfor umiddelbar utkastelse fra Ecuadors London-ambassade

Oscar Grenfell, 6. april 2019

Publiseringsorganisasjonen advarte om at en «høytstående kilde» i den ekvadorianske staten hadde informasjon om at Assange ville bli utvist fra bygningen og satt i britisk varetekt «innen timer eller dager».

USA eskalerer truslene mot Tyrkia, og anvender valgkontrovers

Keith Jones, 6. april 2019

Konflikten over Ankaras anskaffelse av luftforsvarssystemet S-400 er et tennpunkt for større geo-politiske konflikter, som har grunnlag i Washingtons dreining til «strategisk konflikt» med Russland og Kina.

Granskning viser at en feilfungerende Boeing-sensor forårsaket Ethiopian-Airline-styrten

Kevin Reed, 6. april 2019

Den foreløpige rapporten fra det etiopiske Byrået for flyulykkegranskning viser at en feilfungerende vinkelangivelsesensor var årsak til ulykken den 10. mars, som drepte alle 157 passasjerer og mannskap ombord.

Tyskland tar over formannskapet av FNs sikkerhetsråd, mens landet aksellererer gjenopprustningen

Johannes Stern, 6. april 2019

Tyskland, som ved nyttår begynte en toårsperiode som medlem av FNs sikkerhetsråd, tok på mandag over rådets formannskaprolle.

New in Portuguese

A luta de classes e o socialismo são a única resposta à crise do Brexit

Chris Marsden, 5 Abril 2019

A resposta à crise do Brexit é uma mobilização unificada de milhões de trabalhadores em luta contra os governos da Europa.

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Perspective

America the Barbaric

6 April 2019

If the conditions that exist in US prisons were exposed in Russia or China, there would be a hue and cry in the press and the halls of Congress for economic sanctions and “humanitarian” military intervention.

Earlier Perspectives »

The Fight Against Fascism

“What will be required is a very high level of political and historical awareness”
David North appeals to readers to attend US meetings against fascism

SEP (US) National Chairman David North said, "The visit next month of Comrade Christoph Vandreier to the United States is simply the application of a strategy of the international organization of the working class against the fascist threat. They will not conquer again, we can be certain of that."

David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”

2 April 2019

“In order to fight fascism, we must understand where it comes from.”
Author Christoph Vandreier to tour US

Christoph Vandreier, author of the newly released book Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany, explains the importance of his upcoming speaking tour in the US.

Neo-Nazi planned assassination of second UK Labour MP

By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2019

Featured Commentary

Replying to Woody Allen suit, Amazon acknowledges McCarthyite character of #MeToo campaign

By David Walsh, 6 April 2019

Lawyers for Amazon Studios filed a motion in federal court in New York City on Wednesday seeking to dismiss a lawsuit launched by filmmaker Woody Allen. Their arguments were extremely revealing.

Factional provocation, middle-class hysteria, and the collapse of the International Socialist Organization

By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 April 2019

Factionally motivated denunciations of an alleged cover-up of sexual assault in 2013 were revived to instigate a leadership purge and liquidate the ISO.

Arts Review

Jordan Peele’s horror film, Us: “Us” and them

By Kevin Martinez, 6 April 2019

Director Jordan Peele’s latest horror film tells the story of a vacationing family stalked by their doppelgängers. The results are murky, pretentious and strangely unaffecting.

Mike Leigh’s Peterloo: A drama of the British working class

By David Walsh, 5 April 2019

An interview with Mike Leigh, director of Peterloo: “You don’t run out of steam if what you do…is to literally hold the mirror up to nature”

By David Walsh, 5 April 2019

Commentary

“An excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse, and prisoner deaths”
Federal report exposes horrific levels of abuse in Alabama prisons

By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2019

The political implications of the Corbyn/May Brexit talks

By Chris Marsden, 5 April 2019

UK elite Parachute Regiment use Corbyn poster for target practice

May offers Corbyn “national unity” Brexit agreement talks

More on Brexit »

US escalates threats against Turkey, leverages election controversy

By Keith Jones, 5 April 2019

New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup

More on US militarism »

At Detroit panel discussion
DSA Democrat Rashida Tlaib opposes fight against GM plant shutdowns

By Shannon Jones, 4 April 2019

“We the People” forum: Platitudes and demagogy from Democratic presidential candidates

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2019

More layoffs point to worsening jobs crisis in Australia

By Terry Cook, 5 April 2019

Amid auto layoffs and warnings of manufacturing “bloodbath”
IMF chief points to global growth deceleration

Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement

By Markus Salzmann, 3 April 2019

Christchurch terrorist’s fascist manifesto promotes trade unions

Why was the New Zealand terrorist attack not prevented?

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

6 April 2019

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

“If the UAW was bought, we should get it all back”
Former UAW vice president pleads guilty to conspiracy in bribery scheme

By Jerry White, 3 April 2019

Corruption probe engulfs top UAW executives

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part two

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part three

By Andrea Lobo, 3 April 2019

25 years ago: Assassination of Rwandan president triggers genocide

On April 6, 1994, the airplane carrying both Juvénal Habyarimana, president of Rwanda, and Cyprien Ntaryamia, president of Burundi, was shot down as it attempted to land in Kigali.

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50 years ago: First artificial heart transplant

On April 4, 1969 the first artificial heart was implanted into a patient. The operation was performed by Dr. Denton Arthur Cooley, an expert surgeon and specialist in heart research.

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75 years ago: Winston Churchill jails British Trotskyists

On April 5, 1944, Scotland Yard, acting under orders from the government of Winston Churchill, raided the headquarters and meeting places of the Revolutionary Communist Party, the British section of the world Trotskyist movement.

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100 years ago: Soviet republic declared in Bavaria

On April 6, 1919, in Munich, some 150 representatives of workers councils, left-wing political parties, trade unions, and ministers of the former government, assembled and declared the formation of a Bavarian Soviet (Council) Republic.

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Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2019

Moreno accused Assange of “repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum,” to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.

Chelsea Manning files motion for immediate release pending appeal

By Kevin Reed, 3 April 2019

Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning »

History

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lanka: Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee and SEP hold powerful conference

By our correspondents, 20 March 2019

Support grows for Sri Lankan plantation workers’ conference

Socialist Equality Party of Germany certified to stand in European elections

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

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

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

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

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.

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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