Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for bail violation in vindictive political ruling

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

The sentence is part of ongoing efforts to ensure that Assange is extradited to the US, where he faces the savage wrath of the US ruling elite whose war crimes WikiLeaks courageously exposed.

Protester at Assange jail sentencing: “That was a declaration of an outlaw state”

By our reporter, 1 May 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those protesting outside London’s Southwark Crown Court against the jailing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Attend Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting in London
Free Julian Assange, Free Chelsea Manning!

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Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2019

By late Tuesday, there was little indication that Guaidó’s call had provoked any significant uprising within Venezuela’s military.

Hands off Venezuela!

In violation of international law
Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2019

Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.

Mass protests intensify against Algerian regime

By Will Morrow, 1 May 2019

Anger erupted after 13 workers protesting the lack of water near Tebessa were shot by security guards at the Youkous bottled water factory.

“He should never have been found fit to work in a million years!”
UK advice worker Terry Craven speaks on the terrible death of Stephen Smith

By Margot Miller, 1 May 2019

Smith, from Liverpool, died emaciated on April 15 aged 64, after suffering years of chronic ill health, yet still had been declared fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions.

UK: Liverpool man dies after being declared fit for work and denied benefits

US threatens UK over Huawei involvement in 5G network

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

After it was leaked that Huawei could help build the British 5G network, the Trump administration is threatening to shut Britain out of “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing.

Tea plantation workers need a global strategy

By Saman Gunadasa, 1 May 2019

Tea plantation workers in India, Kenya and Sri Lanka can end their brutal exploitation only by breaking from the unions and fighting for a unified socialist and internationalist strategy.

General Motors reports $2.1 billion first-quarter profits as job cuts take their toll

By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2019

GM managed yet another quarter of huge profits amid mounting signs of a global economic slowdown by continuing its ruthless cost cutting.

New York pre-K teachers demand pay parity, as union seeks to sabotage strike

By Steve Light, 1 May 2019

As thousands of early childhood educators plan to walk out across New York City, AFSCME is dialing back the scheduled strike.

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 May 2019

The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today.

Year after Arizona strike, teacher walkouts and protests spread in US

US teachers in the Carolinas to hold mass protests on May Day

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“The Teamsters is a company-controlled union”
UPS national contract imposed after supplemental fights

By George Marlowe, 1 May 2019

Following the ratification of a contentious Detroit supplemental agreement, the Teamsters union has imposed its sellout national contract on more than 250,000 UPS workers.

UPS workers confront wall of union-company collusion in local supplement fights

San Diego mayor pushes for crackdown on vehicular homelessness

By Marko Leone, 1 May 2019

Approximately 1,300 people live in their cars in San Diego County, with about 8,500 people experiencing homelessness daily.

New in French

La Chine accueille le deuxième forum de l’Initiative de la Ceinture et de la Route

Peter Symonds, 1 mai 2019

Le président chinois Xi était impatient d’utiliser d’utiliser le forum de l’ICR pour contrer les critiques croissantes des États-Unis à l’égard du plan d’infrastructure de la Chine et renforcer ses liens en Eurasie et en Afrique.

Préparatifs de la Troisième Guerre mondiale
Les dépenses militaires mondiales dépassent les 1800 milliards de dollars, un nouveau record

Niles Niemuth, 1 mai 2019

Près de trente ans après la fin de la guerre froide, l'élite capitaliste mondiale, mené par les États-Unis, se prépare à un conflit dévastateur d'envergure mondiale.

Soudan: Les dirigeants des manifestations acceptent de collaborer avec le Conseil militaire de transition au Soudan

Jean Shaoul et , 1 mai 2019

Le TMC cherche un gouvernement de «technocrates», dans lequel il conserverait les portefeuilles clés de l'intérieur et de la défense, assurant ainsi un pouvoir militaire derrière une façade civile.

«Les dictatures comme nouveaux ordres politiques ?» nous disons non !
Le Parlement étudiant de l'Université Humboldt condamne le groupe de réflexion de droite de Jörg Baberowski

L'IYSSE de l'Université Humboldt, 1 mai 2019

La résolution du StuPa condamne non seulement le projet de dictature de l'historien de droite, mais aussi les efforts de l'administration de l'université pour étouffer l'opposition des étudiants.

New in Spanish

Se preparan para la Tercera Guerra Mundial
El gasto militar global supera los $1,8 billones, el más alto registrado

Por Niles Niemuth, 1 mayo 2019

Casi tres décadas después del fin de la Guerra Fría, las élites capitalistas mundiales, encabezadas por la estadounidense, están preparándose para un conflicto devastador de proporciones globales.

El Pentágono despide al comandante de la prisión de Guantánamo por llamar la atención sobre los crímenes de Estados Unidos

Por Bill Van Auken, 1 mayo 2019

El vicealmirante Ring fue retirado de su puesto luego de informar a los medios de comunicación que el campo de prisioneros de EUA tenía que prepararse para la atención de los "detenidos al final de su vida".

Gobierno de Syriza autoriza desalojos masivos de refugiados y solicitantes de asilo

por John Vassilopoulos, 1 mayo 2019

El Gobierno de Syriza ha estado en la primera línea de la represión contra los refugiados como parte de la agenda antiinmigrante de la Unión Europea.

New in German

1. Mai 2019 – DGB ruft zur Unterstützung der EU auf

Ulrich Rippert, 1. Mai 2019

Der Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund ruft nicht zur internationalen Einheit der Arbeiter, sondern zur Einheit mit der Regierung, den Konzernen und der Europäischen Union gegen die Arbeiter auf.

Vorbereitung auf den Dritten Weltkrieg
Globale Militärausgaben übersteigen 1,8 Billionen Dollar - ein historischer Rekord

Niles Niemuth, 1. Mai 2019

Fast drei Jahrzehnte nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges bereitet sich die kapitalistische Elite der Welt, angeführt von den Vereinigten Staaten, auf einen verheerenden Konflikt von globalem Ausmaß vor.

Ein Jahr nach dem Streik in Arizona: Lehrerstreiks und Proteste breiten sich in den USA aus

Jerry White, 1. Mai 2019

Die für Mittwoch angesetzten Massenproteste in North und South Carolina sind Teil einer neuerlichen Welle von geplanten Streiks und Demonstrationen der Lehrkräfte, u.a. in New York City, Chicago und Detroit.

New in Hindi

भारत द्वारा पाकिस्तान पर बमबारी, इस्लामाबाद द्वारा सैन्य कार्रवाई की चेतावनी

वसंथा रूपासिंघे, २७ फ़रवरी २०१९

1971 के भारत-पाकिस्तान युद्ध के बाद पहली बार भारत द्वारा मंगलवार सुबह पाकिस्तान सीमा के अंदर एक हवाई हमले को अंजाम दिया गया। इस हमले ने दक्षिण एशिया के चिर-प्रतिद्वंद्वी व परमाणु-शक्ति सम्पन्न देशों के बीच तनाव को उबाल दिया है।

New in Russian

Партия Социалистического Равенства Шри-Ланки проведет Первомайский митинг в Коломбо
Новая волна международной классовой борьбы и борьбы за социализм

30 апреля 2019 г.

Партия Социалистического Равенства и организация «Интернациональная молодежь и студенты за социальное равенство» Шри-Ланки проведут в Коломбо Первомайский митинг. чтобы отметить международный день солидарности рабочих.

New in Dutch

Waarom de verdediging van Julian Assange noodzakelijk is voor alle werkers

Door Door de stuurgroep van de Coalitie van Schouder-aan-schouder Comités, 24 april 2019

De aanval op Assange is een aanval op de hele werkende klasse! Hij heeft onze steun nodig!

Extreem-rechtse partij wint de meeste stemmen in de Nederlandse provinciale verkiezingen

Door Door Harm Zonderland, 24 april 2019

Op 20 maart werden provinciale staten gekozen in alle van de 12 provincies van Nederland. De belangrijkste uitkomst van de verkiezingen was de toetrede tot de Senaat van het Forum voor Democratie (FVD), geleid door Thierry Baudet.

New in Turkish

Sudan: Protesto önderleri Askeri Geçiş Konseyi ile işbirliği yapmayı kabul etti

Jean Shaoul, 30 Nisan 2019

İşçiler ve gençler, sivil görünümlü askeri bir rejim, teknokratlar hükümeti ya da yönetimin tepesinde yeniden düzenleme için değil, tüm toplumsal düzenin kökten dönüşümü için sokaklara döküldüler.

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Perspective

May Day 2019: The resurgence of the class struggle and the fight for socialism

1 May 2019

May Day 2019 takes place amidst the resurgence of the class struggle, growing opposition to capitalism, and the lurch of the ruling elites to the right.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Online May Day Rally 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International is holding its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Register today!

Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to hold May Day meeting in Colombo
The new wave of international class struggle and the fight for socialism

26 April 2019

Featured

Michigan State University performs stirring rendition of Babi Yar, Dmitri Shostakovich’s anti-fascist symphony

By Nancy Hanover, 1 May 2019

Shostakovich’s masterpiece was performed by the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorale, the State Singers, noted baritone Mark Rucker and conductor Christopher James Lees at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall on April 27-28.

As class struggle sharpens,
Indian Stalinists stump for right-wing bourgeois government

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 1 May 2019

India’s Stalinist parliamentary parties have redoubled their efforts to subordinate the working class to the parties and putrid state institutions of the Indian bourgeoisie.

Chauvinist “We Tamil” party seeks to divide working class in Indian elections

By Athiyan Silva and V. Gnana, 1 May 2019

The “We Tamil” party relentlessly promotes Tamil nationalism to divide workers and peasants in India along ethnic lines, and subordinate them to imperialism and the Indian state.

Free Assange and Manning

UK’s Julian Assange Defence Committee holds public meeting

By Paul Mitchell, 29 April 2019

Participants in SEP (Australia) rally demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 30 April 2019

SEP (Australia) candidates demand freedom for Assange and Manning at Sydney rally

On Australian TV, Julian Assange’s father calls for son’s freedom

“Assange can only be defended by an international movement of the working class”
Christoph Vandreier speaks at Berlin rally to defend Julian Assange

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 April 2019

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Liberal and Labor compete in stoking anti-refugee scare-mongering

Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 1 May 2019

The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.

Workers should reject Australian unions’ “Change the rules” campaign

Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 30 April 2019

The unions are seeking to channel mounting anger in the working class behind the election of yet another big business Labor government.

Anzac Day 2019: Conditioning the Australian population for war

Richard Phillips: SEP Senate candidate for New South Wales, 27 April 2019

The media and political establishment has erected a wall of silence around Australia’s involvement in the US-led preparations for war against China and Russia.

SEP (Australia) to hold election rally and meetings in defence of Assange

22 April 2019

Support the Socialist Equality Party in the 2019 Australian Federal Election
No to Militarism and War! For Socialism and Internationalism!

the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

the SEP (Australia), 16 April 2019

European elections

“Join the fight for a united socialist Europe!”
Socialist Equality Party (SGP) publishes campaign video for European Elections

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 April 2019

The European elections and the revival of class struggle

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 April 2019

Commentary

Preparing for World War Three
Global military spending tops $1.8 trillion, highest on record

By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2019

“Socialism Event” in Germany: Pro-capitalist politics in a pseudo-left garb

By Johannes Stern, 30 April 2019

Pentagon fires Guantanamo prison commander for calling attention to US crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2019

Amid more damning revelations
Boeing CEO seeks to shift blame for deadly crashes onto pilots

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2019

Fascist gunman attacks California synagogue

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2019

White House correspondents’ tribute to press freedom silent on Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By David Walsh, 29 April 2019

Amazon posts record $3.6 billion profit in first three months of 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 27 April 2019

Amid mass beheadings, Wall Street scrambles for Saudi profits

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2019

US-backed Saudi regime beheads 37 political prisoners

Sri Lankan president steps up military crackdown

By K. Ratnayake, 27 April 2019

An assembly of political bankrupts: Historical Materialism and Jacobin host “Socialism in Our Time” conference

By Joseph Kishore, 16 April 2019

Arts Review

Unexpectedly restrained: Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone’s Dogman

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 27 April 2019

Some films from the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1
Paper Flags, Tehran: City of Love and Belmonte—Alienation, loneliness and other problems

By David Walsh, 26 April 2019

How Did Lubitsch Do It?: Joseph McBride’s engaging study of filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch

By David Walsh, 24 April 2019

An interview with film historian and biographer Joseph McBride, author of How Did Lubitsch Do It?

By David Walsh, 24 April 2019

Singer-songwriter Scott Walker (1943-2019): A gifted and intriguing artist

The stagnation of American poetry: The Best American Poetry 2018

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

”Dictatorships as alternative political orders?”—We say no!
Student Parliament at Humboldt University condemns Jörg Baberowski’s right-wing think tank

the IYSSE at the Humboldt University, 30 April 2019

History

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

Isserman portrays the early American socialist as a moralistic reformer.

One hundred years since the formation of the Communist International

By Peter Schwarz, 20 March 2019

25 years ago: Japanese minister defends World War II atrocities

On May 4, 1994, newly elected Justice Minister Shigeto Nagano made a series of comments in the newspaper Mainichi defending the atrocities of the Japanese military during World War II.

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50 years ago: Number of US troops in Vietnam reaches peak of 543,482

On April 30, 1969, the Pentagon calculated that the number of US military personnel in South Vietnam had reached 543,482, a figure that turned out to be the high point of the US military presence in the occupied country.

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75 years ago: Nazis execute 200 Greek communists at Kaisariani

On May 1, 1944, Nazi forces in Athens carried out the execution of 200 Greek communist prisoners, long held at the Haidar concentration camp, in reprisal for the killing of a German general by Greek Resistance forces.

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100 years ago: Anarchists begin campaign of mail bombings in the US

On April 29, 1919, a mail bomb detonated in the home of Georgia Senator Thomas W. Hardwick, who had been a sponsor of the 1918 Immigration Act that targeted anarchists, communists and union organizers. .

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Workers Struggles

South Korean auto manufacturers stepping up assault on wages, working conditions

By Ben McGrath, 30 April 2019

Strike by 1,400 pilots grounds hundreds of flights at Scandinavian Airlines

By Jordan Shilton, 29 April 2019

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel intervenes to end CSO musicians strike with concessions

By George Marlowe, 29 April 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike
Socialism and the defense of culture

“Everyone should have access to great arts education”
Musicians Emma Gerstein and Max Raimi speak on Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike

In naked sellout, union announces end to strike by 300,000 Polish teachers

University of Illinois at Chicago faculty announces deal on eve of strike

By George Gallanis, 26 April 2019

Rutgers University faculty union blocks strike by professors and teaching assistants

More on the defense of public education »

The Fight Against Fascism

“If you agree with our analysis, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to do.”
David North speaks on the threat of fascism

By David North, 20 April 2019

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It
North and Vandreier conclude US tour at New York University

By our reporters, 20 April 2019

Princeton University provides $300,000 in funding for right-wing historian and propagandist Jörg Baberowski

By David North, 10 April 2019

More on the fight against fascism »

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

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

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

The ongoing strike wave on the US-Mexico border provides critical lessons for the incipient movement of the working class on an international scale.

Book Review

Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: A compendium of pseudo-left and anti-Marxist politics

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 22 April 2019

Assembly is saturated with reactionary postmodern conceptions, recycles worn-out anarchist recipes as innovative and progressive experiments and endorses virtually every political dead end of the recent and not-so-recent past.

Yabu Bilyana

Twenty years since the death of Australian Trotskyist and Aboriginal worker, Comrade Yabu Bilyana

Message of condolence from David North
“He based his life on the ideals of justice, equality and human solidarity”

Yabu Bilyana addresses ICFI World Conference: “Genocide of indigenous peoples is still practiced throughout Australia”

Science

First imagery of black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 11 April 2019

The results from the planet-wide array of radio telescopes are the first direct measurements of the structure of a black hole and its surrounding environment.

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