“We would benefit greatly if budgets were spent on minds instead of mines”
30,000 march for public education in North and South Carolina

By Ed Hightower, 2 May 2019

Tens of thousands of US teachers marched in the Carolinas on May Day to demand increased pay and school funding and an end to the war against public education.

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

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

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US escalates threat of military intervention in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2019

After Tuesday’s abortive coup attempt by Washington’s puppet Juan Guaidó, the Trump administration has issued even more explicit military threats.

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

Hands off Venezuela!

US attorney general refuses to testify before House Judiciary Committee

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2019

Barr’s decision came after a contentious day-long hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he took questions on his handling of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

May Day: Police rampage in Paris as hundreds of thousands march in France

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2019

After clashes broke out with unidentified “black block” protesters, police indiscriminately assaulted peaceful protesters, journalists, and top union officials.

May Day 2019 in Germany: Trade unions call for support for the European Union

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 May 2019

Instead of appealing for the international unity of workers, the German Trade Union Confederation calls for the unity of the government, big business and the European Union against workers.

Up to 400,000 jobs threatened as US sanctions deepen crisis of Russian auto industry

By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2019

In mid-April, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska declared that the Russian auto company GAZ might declare bankruptcy, wiping out hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and related jobs.

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

Newly elected Ukrainian President Zelensky backs anti-Russia campaign

By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2019

Zelensky has seized upon new passport legislation by Moscow to publicly back the NATO- and US-led campaign against Russia.

Honduras cracks down on teachers, doctors and students protesting privatization drive

By Andrea Lobo, 2 May 2019

Mass opposition against the regime of privatizations and austerity imposed since the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras has been met with brutal repression.

Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 2 May 2019

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting.

Trump’s labor department moves to designate gig economy workers as “independent contractors”

By Aaron Murch, 2 May 2019

The Trump administration is backing so-called gig economy companies, which misclassify their employees as “independent contractors” in order to circumvent minimum wage, overtime and other federal labor laws.

De Blasio’s solution to New York’s public housing crisis: Tear it down

By Philip Guelpa, 2 May 2019

As a pilot project, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposes to demolish two buildings in a Manhattan public housing complex and turn the land over to private developers.

New in Norwegian

Maidagen 2019: Gjenkomsten av klassekampen og kampen for sosialisme

Joseph Kishore og David North, 2. mai 2019

Maidagen 2019 finner i år sted samtidig med gjenoppblomstringen av klassekampen, voksende motstand mot kapitalisme, og styringselitenes byks mot høyre.

Guaidó lanserer abortert militærkupp i Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 2. mai 2019

Innen tirsdagskvelden var det få tegn til at Guaidós opprop hadde fremprovosert noe betydelig opprør innen Venezuelas militære.

New in Russian

Приготовления к Третьей мировой войне
Общемировые военные расходы достигли небывалой суммы в 1,8 трлн. Долларов

Найлс Нимут, 2 мая 2019 г.

Спустя почти три десятилетия после окончания «холодной войны» мировая капиталистическая элита во главе с Соединенными Штатами готовится к разрушительному конфликту глобального масштаба.

Международный онлайновый Первомайский митинг 2019 года

2 мая 2019 г.

В ночь с 4 на 5 мая Международный Комитет Четвертого Интернационала проводит свой ежегодный международный онлайновый Первомайский митинг с выступающими и участниками со всех частей мира.

New in Spanish

Día Internacional de los Trabajadores de 2019: el resurgimiento de la lucha de clases y la lucha por el socialismo

Por Joseph Kishore y David North, 2 mayo 2019

El Día Internacional de los Trabajadores llega en medio de un resurgimiento de la lucha de clases, un aumento en la oposición al capitalismo y un giro de las élites gobernantes a la derecha.

Guaidó lanza un golpe militar abortado en Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 2 mayo 2019

Al llegar la noche del martes, no había señales de que el llamado de Guaidó hubiese provocado un levantamiento significativo en el ejército venezolano.

En violación al derecho internacional
Trump ordena nuevos ataques a los derechos de los refugiados, solicitantes de asilo

por Norisa Diaz, 2 mayo 2019

Trump ha ordenado a sus principales funcionarios que impongan una tarifa a los solicitantes de asilo, que den a los policías de la patrulla fronteriza la autoridad para determinar reclamaciones de temor creíbles y que impongan restricciones a los permisos de trabajo.

Los trabajadores de las plantaciones de té necesitan una estrategia global

Por Saman Gunadasa, 2 mayo 2019

Los trabajadores de las plantaciones de té en India, Kenia y Sri Lanka pueden poner fin a su explotación brutal solo rompiendo con los sindicatos y luchando por una estrategia unificada socialista e internacionalista.

General Motors reporta ganancias de $2.1 mil millones en el primer trimestre cuando los cortes de empleos asechan a los trabajadores

Por Shannon Jones, 2 mayo 2019

GM informó de un tercer trimestre de enormes ganancias en medio de los crecientes signos de una desaceleración económica mundial al continuar su despiadado recorte de costos.

“Evento Socialismo” en Alemania: política procapitalista vestida de pseudoizquierda

Por Johannes Stern, 2 mayo 2019

Las tendencias pseudoizquierdistas dentro del partido La Izquierda y alrededor de este están reaccionando al crecimiento de la lucha de clases internacional con un abrupto giro a la derecha.

New in Turkish

1 Mayıs 2019: Sınıf mücadelesinin canlanması ve sosyalizm uğruna mücadele

Joseph Kishore ve David North, 2 Mayıs 2019

Dördüncü Enternasyonal’in Uluslararası Komitesi ve Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi, uluslararası işçi sınıfının dayanışma günü 1 Mayıs’ta, işçilerin bütün dünyada büyüyen mücadelelerini selamlar.

2019 Anzak Günü: Avustralya halkının savaşa koşullandırılması

Richard Phillips: SEP’in NSW Senato adayı, 2 Mayıs 2019

Anzak Günü, I. Dünya Savaşı sırasında, Avustralya, Yeni Zelanda, Fransa ve Britanya birliklerinin Türkiye’nin Gelibolu Koyu’nu istila etmesini kutsamakta ve Avustralya’nın geçtiğimiz 100 yılda katıldığı tüm emperyalist savaşları yüceltmek için kullanılmaktadır.

“Birleşik sosyalist bir Avrupa mücadelesine katılın!”
Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (SGP), Avrupa Seçimleri için kampanya videosunu yayınladı

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi (Almanya), 2 Mayıs 2019

Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, kardeş partileri ile birlikte, aşırı sağın yükselişine, büyüyen militarizme ve devasa toplumsal eşitsizliğe karşı çıkmak için Avrupa seçimlerine katılıyor.

New in French

Le coup d'État militaire avorté de Guaidó au Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 2 mai 2019

Mardi soir, rien n'indiquait que l'appel de Guaidó eût provoqué un soulèvement d’importance au sein de l'armée vénézuélienne.

Premier Mai 2019: la résurgence de la lutte des classes et la lutte pour le socialisme

Joseph Kishore et David North, 2 mai 2019

Le 1er mai 2019 a lieu dans un contexte de résurgence de la lutte des classes, d’opposition montante au capitalisme et de basculement à droite des élites au pouvoir.

Les manifestations de masse s'intensifient contre le régime algérien

Will Morrow, 2 mai 2019

La colère a éclaté après que des gardiens ont tiré à la chevrotine sur des travailleurs qui protestaient à l’usine d’eau minérale de Youkous, près de Tebessa, contre le manque d’eau, blessant treize d’entre eux.

New in German

Maifeiertag 2019: Das Wiederaufleben des Klassenkampfes und der Kampf für Sozialismus

Joseph Kishore und David North, 2. Mai 2019

Der Erste Mai 2019 fand in diesem Jahr inmitten des Wiederauflebens des Klassenkampfes, der wachsenden Opposition gegen Kapitalismus und des Rechtsrucks der herrschenden Eliten statt.

Große Koalition unterstützt rechten Putschversuch in Venezuela

Johannes Stern, 2. Mai 2019

In einer gemeinsamen Pressemitteilung mit der rechtsextremen brasilianischen Regierung hat sich das Auswärtige Amt am Dienstag explizit hinter den kriminellen Putschversuch gegen den venezolanischen Präsidenten Nicolás Maduro gestellt.

Venezuela: Guaidós Militärputsch gescheitert

Bill Van Auken, 2. Mai 2019

Juan Guaidós Putschaufruf am Dienstag hat keinen nennenswerten Aufstand im venezolanischen Militär ausgelöst.

Versammlung zur Verteidigung Assanges an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin

unseren Reportern, 2. Mai 2019

Am Dienstag kamen mehrere Dutzend Studierende und Arbeiter an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin zusammen, um gegen die Verfolgung von Julian Assange zu protestieren und über die Hintergründe des Angriffs auf den mutigen Journalisten zu diskutieren.

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 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.

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Perspective

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

2 May 2019

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher and journalist, was sentenced to almost a year in prison by a UK judge Wednesday, in what can only be called a show trial.

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!

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

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2019

Free Assange and Manning

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

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

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

By our reporter, 1 May 2019

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

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

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

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured

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

By Barry Mason, 30 April 2019

“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

Commentary

Sri Lankan SEP denounces political parties’ support for President Sirisena’s police state measures

the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 May 2019

The SEP warns that the main target of the repressive measures is not Islamic extremists, but working people and their struggles against the government’s austerity agenda.

Sri Lankan president steps up military crackdown

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

By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 1 May 2019

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

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

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2019

US threatens UK over Huawei involvement in 5G network

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

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

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

Fascist gunman attacks California synagogue

Hillary Clinton’s McCarthyite rant

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

By Joseph Kishore, 16 April 2019

Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics

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

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Victorian Socialists’ fake-left election campaign

By Patrick O'Connor, 2 May 2019

The Australian pseudo-left groups are seeking to channel the left-wing shift among workers and young people behind the parliamentary set-up.

Join the fight for international socialism!
To halt climate change, capitalism must be abolished

Tessa Pietsch: SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 2 May 2019

The attempts to channel the climate strike movement in Australia and internationally behind the political establishment must be resisted.

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

Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 1 May 2019

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

22 April 2019

Arts Review

Some films from the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 2
Kabul, City in the Wind, Midnight Traveler and What We Left Unfinished: The catastrophe of US intervention in Afghanistan

By Joanne Laurier, 2 May 2019

The San Francisco film festival screened a number of movies from the nation ravaged in the longest conflict in US history.

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

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

By Nancy Hanover, 1 May 2019

Unexpectedly restrained: Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone’s Dogman

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

Tea plantation workers need a global strategy

By Saman Gunadasa, 1 May 2019

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

By George Marlowe, 1 May 2019

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

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

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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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”

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