Washington political warfare intensifies with lawsuits, looming contempt charges

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2019

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would handle impeachment proceedings, warned that “the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake.”

US attorney general refuses to testify before House Judiciary Committee

More on the Trump presidency »

Bernie Sanders attacks Biden from the right on China trade

By Ben McGrath, 4 May 2019

In criticizing the former vice president, Sanders echoed Trump's anti-China demagogy and economic nationalism.

Bernie Sanders silent on Assange, vocal in promoting nationalism at Michigan rally

Bernie Sanders joins Trump’s attack on “open borders”

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military

By Jacob Crosse, 4 May 2019

Recent independent investigations have shown that multiple white supremacist groups are operating freely across all branches of the military.

Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats

More on the fight against fascism »

Polls show growing sentiment for teachers strike in Mississippi

By J. L’Heureau, 4 May 2019

Mississippi educators, seeking to join the international strike wave of teachers, are demanding action against poverty wages and abysmal working conditions.

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

San Diego Sweetwater Teachers Union begins bargaining as false financial situation reported by district

By Evelyn Rios, 4 May 2019

The union and district are negotiating an austerity contract based on what is most likely fraudulent accounting, amidst allegations of fraud and mismanagement investigations.

More on the defense of public education »

Macron government fabrication of “yellow vest” hospital attack in Paris collapses

By Will Morrow, 4 May 2019

The government’s crude fabrication was aimed at casting the “yellow vest” protests as criminal and morally reprehensible, and justifying police state violence.

UK: Defence minister’s sacking escalates Tory crisis amid rising UK/US tensions

By Robert Stevens, 4 May 2019

Williamson was sacked after an inquiry into who leaked the deliberations of a National Security Council meeting that approved Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s participation in the UK’s 5G data network.

Fuel tanker drivers threaten new strike in Portugal

By Paul Mitchell, 4 May 2019

The fuel tankers dispute is the latest manifestation in Portugal of the eruption of the class struggle internationally.

US-China trade talks enter final phase

By Nick Beams, 4 May 2019

One of the main sticking points is agreement on the procedure by which US tariffs imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted if a trade agreement is reached.

US threatens UK over Huawei involvement in 5G network

Japan’s emperor abdicates throne

By Ben McGrath, 4 May 2019

The far right in Japan, which includes Prime Minister Abe and most of his cabinet, is pushing for the emperor to resume the pre-war role of linchpin of a repressive, militarist regime.

New in German

FDP-Parteitag auf Rechtskurs

Peter Schwarz, 4. Mai 2019

Die Botschaft des Parteitags war unmissverständlich. Die FDP tritt für eine scharfe Sparpolitik, eine von Deutschland dominierte Europäische Union, eine beschleunigte Aufrüstung und einen starken Staat ein.

Lügen der Medien für Regimewechsel-Krieg in Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 4. Mai 2019

Führende Vertreter der Trump-Regierung drohen immer offener mit Krieg, und die Mainstreammedien machen eifrig Propaganda für die imperialistische Operation.

Demonstration gegen Auslieferung von Julian Assange an die USA

Robert Stevens, 4. Mai 2019

Obwohl Assange nur wegen eines Verstoßes gegen Kautionsanlagen für schuldig befunden wurde, bemühen sich die britische Regierung und ihre Justiz nach Kräften, die Ergreifung des Journalisten durch die USA herbeizuführen.

George Galloway unterstützt Nigel Farages Brexit-Partei

Chris Marsden, 4. Mai 2019

Nachdem Galloway über drei Jahre damit verbracht hat, Corbyn als die linke Wiedergeburt der Labour Party zu begrüßen, ruft er für die Europawahl offen zur Unterstützung von Farages rechtsextremer Brexit-Partei auf.

Syriza-Regierung ordnet Zwangsräumung von Flüchtlingen und Asylsuchenden an

John Vassilopoulos, 4. Mai 2019

Die Syriza-Regierung spielt eine Vorreiterrolle bei den Angriffen der Europäischen Union gegen Flüchtlinge.

New in Spanish

Las mentiras de la prensa a favor de la guerra de cambio de régimen en Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 4 mayo 2019

Mientras los máximos cargos del Gobierno de Trump realizan amenazas militares cada vez más explícitas, la prensa empresarial actúa como un servicio de propaganda al servicio de las intervenciones imperialistas.

Manifestantes protestan procedimientos de extradición de Julian Assange a EUA

Robert Stevens, 4 mayo 2019

El Gobierno británico y su poder judicial están haciendo todo lo posible para facilitar la captura estadounidense de un periodista que no ha sido hallado culpable de nada más que una ofensa de fianza.

“La protesta de hoy es un símbolo de la lucha por la libertad”
Chalecos amarillos franceses se unen a protesta contra extradición de Assange en Londres

nuestros reporteros, 4 mayo 2019

Los reporteros del WSWS conversaron con manifestantes en las afueras del Tribunal de Magistrados de Westminster que protestaban los planes para extraditar al fundador de WikiLeaks a EUA.

Niño guatemalteco detenido por Patrulla Fronteriza de EUA sucumbe a enfermedad

Kevin Martínez, 4 mayo 2019

El joven de 16 años, quien no ha sido nombrado, es el tercer niño inmigrante en morir bajo la custodia del Gobierno en tan solo cinco meses.

New in French

Les manifestants s'opposent à la procédure d'extradition américaine contre Julian Assange

Robert Stevens, 4 mai 2019

Le gouvernement et la justice britannique font tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour faciliter la traquenard américaine du journaliste qui n'a été condamné que pour une violation des conditions d’une liberté sous caution.

Les médias sont au service de la tentative de renverser le régime au Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 4 mai 2019

Alors que les hauts responsables de l’Administration de Trump font des menaces militaires de plus en plus explicites, les médias d’entreprise agissent comme un service de propagande pour l’intervention impérialiste.

Taïwan : appel à la libération de Julian Assange soulevé lors de la Fête du travail

Notre correspondant, 4 mai 2019

Le Groupe pour la libération d'Assange a expliqué aux travailleurs de Taïwan que Wikileaks sert de dissuasion contre la guerre et d'outil pour la paix.

Après les élections espagnoles, Podemos fait pression pour un gouvernement pro-austérité du PSOE

Alejandro Lopez et Alex Lantier, 4 mai 2019

Alors même que les politiques d'austérité et d'État policier du PSOE alimentent la montée de l'extrême droite, Podemos demande à rejoindre un gouvernement du PSOE et à le défendre contre les critiques sur sa gauche.

SEP (Sri Lanka) organise la réunion du 1er mai à Colombo avec succès, malgré les efforts du gouvernement pour empêcher les célébrations

nos journalistes, 4 mai 2019

Quelque 200 travailleurs, étudiants, jeunes, professionnels et femmes au foyer de toutes les régions de l’île ont assisté à la réunion.

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Preparando-se para a Terceira Guerra Mundial
Gastos militares globais chegam a US$ 1,8 trilhão e batem novo recorde

Niles Niemuth, 4 Maio 2019

Quase três décadas após o fim da Guerra Fria, as elites capitalistas do mundo, lideradas pelos Estados Unidos, estão se preparando para um conflito devastador de proporções globais.

New in Norwegian

Medieløgner til krigstjeneste for regimeendring i Venezuela

Bill Van Auken, 4. mai 2019

Mens Trump-administrasjonens toppembetsrepresentanter kommer med stadig mer eksplisitte militærtrusler fungerer konsernmediene som en propagandatjeneste for imperialistintervensjon.

SEP (Sri Lanka) holdt vellykket 1. mai-møte i Colombo, til tross for regjeringens tiltak for å forhindre feiringer

våre reportere, 4. mai 2019

Om lag 200 arbeidere, studenter, ungdom, fagfolk og husmødre fra områder på tvers av hele øya deltok på møtet.

SEP (Sri Lanka) krever på sitt 1. mai-møte frihet for Assange og Manning

Abbotsleigh Estate Workers’ Action Committee, 4. mai 2019

Denne uttalelsen, fremmet av Abbotsleigh Estate Workers’ Action Committee fra Sri Lankas sentrale teplantasjedistrikt, ble enstemmig vedtatt på SEPs offentlige 1. mai-møte i Colombo.

«Dagens protest er et symbol for kampen for frihet»
Franske Gule Vester deltar i London-protest mot utlevering av Assange

våre reportere, 4. mai 2019

WSWS-reportere snakket med demonstranter utenfor Westminster Magistrates Court, som protesterte mot planene om å utlevere WikiLeaks-grunnleggeren til USA.

Opprop om løslatelse av Assange reist på Taiwan på Arbeidernes dag

en korrespondent, 4. mai 2019

‘Free Assange’-gruppa forklarte Taiwan-arbeidere at WikiLeaks tjener til avskrekking mot krig og er et redskap for fred.

Protesterende opponerer mot Julian Assanges utleveringsprosess til USA

Robert Stevens, 4. mai 2019

Den britiske regjeringen og domstolene gjør alt i sin makt for å tilrettelegge for at USA får hendene på journalisten, som ikke er funnet skyldig i annet enn en overtredelse av kausjonsbetingelsene.

New in Russian

До 400 тысяч рабочих мест находятся под угрозой из-за санкций США, усугубляющих кризис российского автопрома

Клара Вайс, 4 мая 2019 г.

В середине апреля российский олигарх Олег Дерипаска объявил о том, что автомобильная «Группа ГАЗ» может объявить о своем банкротстве, что приведет к ликвидации сотен тысяч промышленных и связанных с ними рабочих мест.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Японский министр защищает злодеяния Второй мировой войны

4 мая 2019 г.

4 мая 1994 года японский министр юстиции Сигето Нагано выступил в ежедневной японской газете «Майнити» с серией заявлений, в которых защищал зверства японских военных в период Второй мировой войны.

New in Turkish

Üçüncü Dünya Savaşı’na hazırlık
Küresel askeri harcamalar 1,8 trilyon dolarla rekor seviyede

Niles Niemuth, 4 Mayıs 2019

2018’de 1,8 trilyon dolara ulaşan küresel askeri harcamalar, Soğuk Savaş sonrası yeni bir zirveye ulaşmış durumda.

Julian Assange’ın mahkum edilmesi: Bir hukuk karikatürü

Andre Damon, 4 Mayıs 2019

İşkence ve idam cezası uygulayan ve uluslararası hukuk çerçevesi dışında hareket eden bir ülke olan ABD’nin Assange’ı iade ettirmeye çalışması, onun sığınma isteme nedenlerinin tümüyle haklı olduğuna ilişkin kanıt oluşturmaktadır.

Medya, Venezuela’da rejim değişikliği savaşının hizmetinde

Bill Van Auken, 4 Mayıs 2019

Guaidó’nun, üniformalı bir düzine silahlı adamın önünde göründüğü ve bir askeri ayaklanma çağrısı yaptığı videosu, büyük medya organları tarafından gizlenmeyen bir sevinçle karşılandı.

Venezuela’da Guaidó başarısız bir askeri darbeye girişti

Bill Van Auken, 4 Mayıs 2019

Maduro ve onun temsil ettiği yozlaşmış kapitalist unsurlar ile hesaplaşmak, ABD’nin ordu-istihbarat aygıtının ve sağcı kuklalarının değil, Venezuela işçi sınıfının görevidir.

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 imperialist “lie in the soul”
Politicians celebrate “World Press Freedom Day” as Julian Assange languishes in prison

4 May 2019

No one associated with UNESCO or World Press Freedom Day made mention of the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during this week’s events.

Earlier Perspectives »

International Online May Day Rally 2019

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Watch the recording now!

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

By our reporters, 3 May 2019

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

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

Free Assange and Manning

French Yellow vest protesters travel to London to defend Julian Assange

4 May 2019

Protesters travelled across the English Channel to demand freedom for the persecuted Wikileaks journalist, who was sentenced Wednesday to spend 50 weeks in Belmarsh Prison while he is threatened with rendition to the United States.

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

Berlin: Meeting held at Humboldt University to defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 4 May 2019

On Tuesday, several dozen students and workers gathered at Humboldt University in Berlin to protest the persecution of Julian Assange and discuss the political and historical background to the attack on the courageous journalist.

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

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

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

History

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China

By Peter Symonds, 4 May 2019

The May 4 movement which erupted in 1919 was part of a broader intellectual ferment, profoundly influenced by the Russian Revolution, that led to the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921.

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

Arts Review

Documentary about the brutal 2014 disappearance of teachers’ college students
The 43: A state massacre and cover-up in Mexico

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 4 May 2019

The documentary on Netflix exposes the role of the military in the 2014 disappearance of 43 rural teaching students and the government’s cover-up of this atrocity.

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

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

The Labor Party tries to “save capitalism”

Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 3 May 2019

Victorian Socialists’ fake-left election campaign

By Patrick O'Connor, 2 May 2019

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

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

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

Workers Struggles

Workers march and protest across Asia on May Day
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 May 2019

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

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

By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2019

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

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

By Michael Barnes, 3 May 2019

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

By Clara Weiss, 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

More on the struggle at UPS »

Featured Report

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

Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2019

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela

US escalates threat of military intervention in Venezuela

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

Hands off Venezuela!

More on US militarism »

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

By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 3 May 2019

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

By Kevin Martinez, 3 May 2019

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

More on the attack on immigrants in the US »

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

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

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

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

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

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