Protesters oppose US extradition proceedings against Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2019

The British government and the judiciary are doing everything possible to facilitate the US capture of the journalist who has been found guilty of nothing more than a bail offence.

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

“Today’s protest is a symbol of the fight for freedom”
French Yellow Vests join Assange extradition protest in London

By our reporters, 3 May 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to demonstrators outside Westminster Magistrates Court protesting plans to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the US.

Call to free Julian Assange raised in Taiwan on Labor Day

By a correspondent, 3 May 2019

The Free Assange Group explained to Taiwan workers that WikiLeaks served as a deterrent to war and was a tool for peace.

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2019

In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

US escalates threat of military intervention in Venezuela

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

Hands off Venezuela!

After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government

By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2019

Even as the PSOE’s police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right’s rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.

Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness

By Kevin Martinez, 3 May 2019

The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.

Another school shooting claims two lives at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 May 2019

The shooting at UNCC is only the latest deadly mass shooting in the United States.

The manufactured case of Long Beach “terrorist” Marc Steven Domingo

By Rafael Azul, 3 May 2019

The arrest of the Afghan war veteran has the characteristics of an entrapment operation by the FBI and other police agencies.

UK rail union calls off strikes against driver-only-operated trains

By Michael Barnes, 3 May 2019

The Conservative government is behind the plot to impose a huge cost-cutting and de-staffing operation on the railways

Austrian government ties welfare payments to German language skills

By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2019

The targets of the cuts are mainly foreigners and those with large families.

Brazilian unions defend reactionary pension “reform” at May Day rally

By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2019

With economic figures showing no sign of economic recovery, the PT and the unions are working to quell any working class movement against Bolsonaro.

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

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

New in Portuguese

O 1˚ de Maio de 2019: O ressurgimento da luta de classes e a luta pelo socialismo

Joseph Kishore e David North, 3 maio 2019

O 1˚ de Maio de 2019 ocorre em meio ao ressurgimento da luta de classes, à crescente oposição ao capitalismo e à guinada das elites dominantes à direita.

Em meio a decapitações em massa, Wall Street luta por lucros sauditas

Bill Van Auken, 3 maio 2019

Mesmo com o recente derramamento de sangue de 37 cidadãos decapitados em praças públicas, os principais financistas correm para Riad em busca de acordos com a monarquia governante.

New in Norwegian

Domfellingen av Julian Assange: En juridisk perversjon

Andre Damon, 3. mai 2019

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks-utgiveren og journalisten, ble på onsdag dømt av en britisk dommer til nesten ett år i fengsel, i det som bare kan kalles en skueprosess.

USA eskalerer trusler om militærintervensjon i Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 3. mai 2019

Etter tirsdagens mislykkede kuppforsøk av Washingtons nikkedukke Juan Guaidó, har Trump-administrasjonen kommet med enda mer eksplisitte militærtrusler.

En protesterende ved fengslingen av Assange: «Det var en erklæring om en lovløs stat»

vår reporter, 3. mai 2019

WSWS-reportere snakket med noen av de som protesterte utenfor Londons Southwark Crown Court mot fengslingen av WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren Julian Assange.

Teplantasjearbeidere trenger en global strategi

Saman Gundasa, 3. mai 2019

Teplantasjearbeidere i India, Kenya og Sri Lanka kan bare få slutt på sin brutale utbytting ved å bryte med fagforeningene og slåss for en forent sosialistisk og internasjonalistisk strategi.

Opp mot 400 000 arbeidsplasser i fare, der amerikanske sanksjoner utdyper krisen i russisk bilindustri

Clara Weiss, 3. mai 2019

I midten av april erklærte den russiske oligarken Oleg Deripaska at den russiske bilprodusenten GAZ kanskje må erklære konkurs, med elimineringen av hundretusener av arbeidsplasser i bilproduksjonen og tilstøtende næringer.

1. mai: Politiet herjet in Paris, med hundretusener som marsjerte i Frankrike

Alex Lantier, 3. mai 2019

Etter at det brøt ut sammenstøt med uidentifiserte «svart blokk»-protesterende angrep politiet udiskriminert fredelige demonstranter, journalister og toppfagforeningsrepresentanter.

Michigan State University fremfører bevegende gjengivelse av Babij Jar, Dmitrij Sjostakovitsj’ antifascist-symphony

Nancy Hanover, 3. mai 2019

Sjostakovitsj’ mesterverk ble fremført av Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale, State Singers, den velkjente barytonen Mark Rucker og dirigenten Christopher James Lees, ved Detroits Orchestra Hall den 27. og 28. april.

New in Spanish

La sentencia contra Julian Assange: una farsa legal

Andre Damon, 3 mayo 2019

Julian Assange, el editor y periodista de WikiLeaks, fue sentenciado a casi un año en prisión por un juez británico el miércoles en lo que solo se puede llamar un juicio amañado.

Asamblea, de Michael Hardt y Antonio Negri: un compendio de políticas antimarxistas y de pseudoizquierda

Emanuele Saccarelli, 3 mayo 2019

Asamblea está repleto de conceptos posmodernos y reaccionarios, recicla recetas anarquistas gastadas como si fueran experimentos innovadores y progresistas, y respalda cada punto muerto político del pasado reciente y no tan reciente.

"Nos beneficiaría mucho que los presupuestos fueran a mentes y no minas"
Treinta mil marchan por la educación pública en Carolina del Norte y del Sur

Ed Hightower, 3 mayo 2019

Decenas de miles de docentes estadounidenses marcharon en las Carolinas el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores para exigir aumentos a sus salariosy al financiamiento escolar, y un fin a la guerra contra la educación pública.

Estados Unidos intensifica su amenaza de una intervención militar en Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 3 mayo 2019

Tras el intento fallido de un golpe por parte del títere de Washington, Juan Guaidó, la administración de Trump ha lanzado amenazas de guerra aún más explícitas.

Honduras reprime a maestros, doctores y estudiantes en protestas contra campaña de privatizaciones

Andrea Lobo, 3 mayo 2019

La oposición masiva contra el régimen de privatizaciones y austeridad impuesto desde el golpe respaldado por EUA en 2009 en Honduras se está enfrentando a una brutal represión.

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 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

Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela

3 May 2019

As top Trump administration officials make increasingly explicit military threats, the corporate media acts as a propaganda service for imperialist intervention.

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!

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful May Day meeting in Colombo, despite government efforts to bar celebrations

By our reporters, 3 May 2019

Some 200 workers, students, youth, professionals and housewives from areas throughout the island attended the meeting.

SEP (Sri Lanka) May Day meeting demands freedom for Assange and Manning

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee—Sri Lanka, 3 May 2019

This statement, issued by the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka’s central tea plantation district, was unanimously approved at the SEP’s May Day public meeting in Colombo.

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

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 May 2019

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

The Labor Party tries to “save capitalism”

Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 3 May 2019

The ruling elite is terrified that the emerging support for socialism can become a conscious turn toward revolutionary Marxism.

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 May 2019

Tunisian unions called a regional general strike Monday over worker deaths while telecom and water workers are continuing strikes in South Africa.

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

By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2019

“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

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

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

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

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

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