Indian big business propels Modi and his Hindu supremacist BJP to a second term

By Keith Jones, 24 May 2019

For decades the Stalinists have justified their support for right-wing governments by claiming this would block the BJP’s path to power, but the end result is that the BJP and Hindu right are a greater menace than ever.

Indian Elections:
Stalinist CPM faces debacle in its West Bengal “bastion”

Six immigrant children dead in US custody since September

By Eric London, 24 May 2019

Protecting the lives and democratic rights of immigrants requires a fight against imperialist war and the capitalist system.

Amid worsening trade war, Chinese president calls for new “Long March”

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2019

Xi Jinping’s remarks were a rallying cry to the Chinese bureaucracy as it confronts global economic instability, US trade war measures and rising social unrest.

Markets fall on trade war and global growth fears

By Nick Beams, 24 May 2019

The Financial Times cited one fund manager who said it was “panic mode” and “people are realising that the economy could be a lot slower than we thought.”

The Huawei shock

White House and Google launch technology war against China

Incoming Ukrainian president moves to dissolves parliament

By Jason Melanovski, 24 May 2019

Volodmyr Zelensky is seeking to shore up his political position and settle scores with opponents within Ukraine’s oligarchy.

Fearmongering accompanies release of John Walker Lindh after 17 years in prison

By John Andrews, 24 May 2019

Lindh, an American captured with other foreign Taliban fighters in 2001, was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday, having served his full sentence for carrying arms on behalf of the then government of Afghanistan.

“All schools aren’t created equal in Chicago”
Chicago teachers speak on inequality, attacks on public education at downtown rally

By Marcus Day, 24 May 2019

Teachers at a rally in downtown Chicago Wednesday described the deplorable conditions facing them and their students.

“They spit on our solidarity”
Lyft cuts drivers’ rates in weeks following global rideshare strike

By Kayla Costa, 24 May 2019

Since rideshare drivers participated in a global one-day strike on May 8 to oppose the billion-dollar market frenzy for Uber’s IPO, Lyft drivers have reported compensation cuts of up to 27 percent.

“We need to fight capitalism and change the whole system”
Uber and Lyft drivers conduct international strike

Tamil nationalists support anti-Muslim witch-hunt in Sri Lanka

By V. Gnana and K. Nesan, 24 May 2019

The bourgeois Tamil National Alliance is joining hands with the government as it sets up a police state targeting the entire working class.

Ten years after civil war ends, Sri Lankan ruling elites prepare for class war

Australian voters speak out
Workers and youth condemn major parliamentary parties

By our reporters, 24 May 2019

“I’d like someone in charge who thinks of the 98 percent, rather than the 2 percent of the highest earners in the country.”

New in Turkish

Washington, savaş bahanesi olarak Suriye’nin kimyasal silahları propagandasını canlandırıyor

Bill Van Auken, 24 Mayıs 2019

Suriye’ye yönelik tehditler ve İran’a karşı savaş takviyesi, bir üçüncü dünya savaşı tehlikesi doğuruyor.

New in Spanish

Washington revive propaganda sobre armas químicas sirias como pretexto de guerra

Bill Van Auken, 24 mayo 2019

La amenaza de otro ataque estadounidense contra Siria sigue a un reporte que expone que el último incidente de armas químicas atribuido al Gobierno sirio es una provocación escenificada.

Las elecciones indias y la lucha por liberar a los prisioneros de la guerra de clases de Maruti Suzuki

Saman Gunadasa, 24 mayo 2019

Lo que ha sido completamente ignorado de la campaña electoral ha sido toda discusión de la situación crítica de los 13 trabajadores de Maruti Suzuki que han sido encarcelados de por vida bajo cargos fabricados de asesinato.

El surgimiento del Partido Brexit y cómo combatirlo

Chris Marsden, 24 mayo 2019

Nigel Farage busca presentar las elecciones europeas, las cuales verán un abstencionismo masivo, como un plebiscito sobre el brexit y como un arma contra un segundo referéndum.

New in French

British Steel fait faillite et menace 25.000 emplois

Robert Stevens, 24 mai 2019

L’insolvabilité de British Steel menace d’être un coup de grâce contre une section de la classe ouvrière autrefois puissante qui a été systématiquement trahi par les syndicats.

Washington relance la propagande sur les armes chimiques syriennes pour fournir un prétexte à la guerre

Bill Van Auken, 24 mai 2019

La menace d'une nouvelle attaque américaine contre la Syrie fait suite à un rapport révélant le fait que le dernier incident d'armes chimiques attribué au gouvernement syrien avait été monté de toutes pièces.

Andréa Kotarac passe de la France insoumise au soutien pour le néo-fascisme

Alexandre Lantier, 24 mai 2019

Sur fond de résurgence internationale de la lutte des classes, les forces nationalistes et petite-bourgeoises du populisme de «gauche» évoluent toutes rapidement à droite.

Amnistie internationale déclare que Julian Assange «n’est pas un prisonnier de conscience»

Laura Tiernan, 24 mai 2019

Selon Amnistie internationale, ni Assange ni Chelsea Manning, dénonciatrice, ne sont «prisonniers de conscience» et l'organisation caritative des droits de l’homme ne s’engage pas à les défendre.

New in Norwegian

Washington gjenoppliver propagandaen om Syrias kjemiske våpen som påskudd for krig

Bill Van Auken, 24. mai 2019

Trusselen om et nytt amerikansk angrep på Syria etterfølger en rapport som avslører den siste kjemivåpenhendelsen tilskrevet den syriske regjeringen som en iscenesatt provokasjon.

Trump og demokratene støter sammen over granskninger

Patrick Martin, 24. mai 2019

Trump har meldt et banebrytende ultimatum: Stopp granskninger, ellers blir det ingen politisk virksomhet utført i Washington.

Amnesty International erklærer at Julian Assange «er ikke en samvittighetsfange»

Laura Tiernan, 24. mai 2019

Ifølge Amnesty International er hverken Assange eller varsleren Chelsea Manning «samvittighetsfanger», og deres forsvar blir ikke aktivt forfulgt av veldedighetsorganisasjonen for menneskerettigheter.

Huawei-sjokket

Nick Beams, 24. mai 2019

Trump-administrasjonens tiltak mot den kinesiske telekommunikasjonsgiganten Huawei har sendt sjokkbølger gjennom den globale økonomien og det internasjonale handelssystemet.

New in German

Die Ibiza-Affäre und die Rechtswende des politischen Establishments

Johannes Stern, 24. Mai 2019

Tatsächlich sind die gleichen politischen Kräfte, die sich jetzt so lautstark empören, in jeder Hinsicht verantwortlich dafür, dass rechtsextreme Parteien voraussichtlich mit Rekordergebnissen ins europäische Parlament einziehen werden.

Kriegsvorwand gegen Syrien: Washington wärmt Chemiewaffen-Propaganda auf

Bill Van Auken, 24. Mai 2019

Die USA drohen Syrien mit einem neuen Angriff. Zuvor erschien ein Bericht, der den letzte Chemiewaffenzwischenfall, für den die syrische Regierung verantwortlich gemacht wurde, als inszenierte Provokation entlarvt.

SGP-Europawahlkandidat Andreas Niklaus spricht mit Berliner Busfahrern
„Ein Krieg muss unbedingt verhindert werden“

Unserem Reporterteam, 24. Mai 2019

Alle Gespräche drehten sich um den Zusammenhang zwischen der wachsenden Kriegsgefahr, der rechten AfD-Politik der Bundesregierung, der reaktionären Rolle der Gewerkschaften und der Notwendigkeit die SGP zu wählen.

Video: Die Krise des Kapitalismus und die historischen Prinzipien der SGP

Ulrich Rippert, 24. Mai 2019

Die folgende Rede hielt der Vorsitzende der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP), Ulrich Rippert, am vergangenen Samstag in Berlin.

Der Aufstieg der Brexit Party und wie man dagegen kämpfen kann

Chris Marsden, 24. Mai 2019

Nigel Farage versucht, die Europawahlen und die geringe Beteiligung in eine Volksabstimmung über den Brexit umzumünzen und als Waffe gegen ein zweites Referendum zu instrumentalisieren.

Insolvenz von British Steel bedroht 25.000 Arbeitsplätze

Robert Stevens, 24. Mai 2019

Die Insolvenz von British Steel könnte den Todesstoß für einen ehemals einflussreichen Teil der Arbeiterklasse bedeuten, der von den Gewerkschaften immer wieder verraten wurde.

New in Russian

Разоблачение коррупции крайне правого политика Кристиана Штрахе приводит к падению австрийского правительства

Алекс Лантье и Иоганнес Штерн, 23 мая 2019 г.

Лицемерная оппозиция оси Берлин-Париж против Штрахе и ультраправых базируется на собственной империалистической повестке дня.

New in Portuguese

Casa Branca e Google lançam guerra tecnológica contra China

Por Andre Damon, 23 Maio 2019

O Google e outras empresas anunciaram medidas que na prática destruiriam a Huawei, a segunda maior fabricante global de smartphones e a maior fabricante mundial de equipamentos de telecomunicação.

Manifestantes falam sobre os ataques de Bolsonaro à educação durante protesto em São Paulo

Por nossos repórteres, 23 Maio 2019

As manifestações de 15 de maio levaram um milhão de pessoas às ruas do Brasil no primeiro protesto nacional contra as políticas do presidente fascista Bolsonaro.

New in Arabic

أول أيار 2019 انبعاث الصراع الطبقي والنضال في سبيل الاشتراكية

٣٠ نيسان أبريل ٢٠١٩

بمناسبة الأول من أيار يوم تضامن الطبقة العاملة على المستوى الدولي تحيي اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة وموقع الاشتراكية العالمية نضالات العمال المتصاعدة عبر العالم.

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Perspective

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism

24 May 2019

The Trump administration’s persecution of Assange is a historic attack on the First Amendment of the US constitution, for which the media and the Democratic Party share responsibility.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

An appeal to young people
Defend the right to tell the truth! Defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 24 May 2019

The following statement is being distributed today at climate change protests across the UK.

“Identity politics has created a prison of the mind…while Julian rots in one which is far more real”
Oxford University student calls for defence of Julian Assange

24 May 2019

The following letter was received from a student at Oxford University who attended the May 12 public meeting in London convened by the SEP, in defence of jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Amnesty International declares Julian Assange “not a prisoner of conscience”

By Laura Tiernan, 23 May 2019

Socialist Equality Group to hold public meeting in Turkey to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured Report

The millennial generation in the US: Life on the brink

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 May 2019

The conditions facing working class millennials are the same conditions facing the entire working class, of which those in the millennial generation are a particularly vulnerable layer.

The Fight Against Fascism

“The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
Video: Christoph Vandreier’s full lecture at Wayne State

By Christoph Vandreier, 21 May 2019

The WSWS makes the full recording of Vandreier’s April 11, 2019 lecture available.

Commentary

Austria’s “Ibiza Affair” and the rightward shift of the political establishment

By Johannes Stern, 24 May 2019

The very same political forces who are now crying foul over far-right Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache bear chief responsibility for the projected entry of a record number of right-wing extremists into the European Parliament.

Leading Mélenchon supporter backs Le Pen’s neo-fascist National Rally

By Alex Lantier, 24 May 2019

Amid an international resurgence of class struggle, the nationalist and petty bourgeois forces in Europe’s “left populist” movement are moving to the right.

Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2019

The rise of the Brexit Party and how to fight it

By Chris Marsden, 23 May 2019

British Steel collapse threatens 25,000 jobs

By Robert Stevens, 23 May 2019

Arts Review

Israeli writer Amos Oz (1939-2018): A critical appreciation

By Clare Hurley and Clara Weiss, 24 May 2019

Oz published 40 books of fiction, collections of essays, speeches and letters that have been translated into 45 languages, including Esperanto.

The author asks: Is America unredeemable? Rachel Kushner’s novel The Mars Room

By Sandy English, 22 May 2019

Avengers: Endgame: A waste of time, money and talent

By Josh Varlin, 20 May 2019

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 May 2019

Dockworkers in Italy and France have refused to handle cargo they say was intended to aid Saudi Arabian war efforts in Yemen while strikes and protests by miners and teachers continue in South Africa.

As secret negotiations resume between unions and school district
New Haven teachers strike enters fourth day

By Toby Reese and Evan Blake, 23 May 2019

European elections

A socialist perspective against fascism and war: Successful SGP election meeting in Berlin

By our reporters, 21 May 2019

Socialist Equality Party in Germany to hold central meeting of European election campaign in Berlin

By the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), 17 May 2019

“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

25 years ago: Southern Yemen declares independence

After the outbreak of a civil war and several weeks of fighting, on May 21, 1994, leaders of southern Yemen announced secession and declared the Democratic Republic of Yemen.

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50 years ago: Military coup brings Nimeiry to power in Sudan

On May 25, 1969, Sudanese Army Colonel Gaffar Nimeiry launched a coup to overthrow the civilian government and replace it with the rule of the Revolutionary Command Council.

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75 years ago: German surprise attack on Tito’s headquarters

On May 25, 1944, German bomber and fighter planes attacked the small industrial town of Drvar in Bosnia, near the headquarters of Josip Broz-Tito, leader of the Yugoslavian Communist Party and the anti-fascist partisan movement.

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100 years ago: British air force raids Kabul

On May 24, 1919, British bombers struck the Afghan capital of Kabul to secure supply lines from attacking Afghan forces.

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SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

Only socialist policies can resolve the Australian public education crisis

By the Committee for Public Education, 18 May 2019

Vote 1 Socialist Equality Party! Take up the fight for socialist internationalism!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 17 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election

Mass unemployment, climate change and a toxic dump in Oxley

Strong response to SEP’s socialist program at final election meetings

Workers and youth discuss Julian Assange, social conditions and war at SEP election meetings

Obituary

Bob Hawke, former Australian Labor prime minister, 1929-2019
Ruling elites pay tribute to a favourite servant

By Nick Beams, 18 May 2019

Some of the most hated figures in world politics have come together to praise Hawke and laud his achievements.

Socialist Equality Party

Defeat the government’s police-military dictatorial plans
SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo on Sri Lankan emergency declaration

17 May 2019

The meeting will discuss the revolutionary socialist perspective needed to defend the democratic and social rights of working people.

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The future lies in socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 13 May 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. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

Science

A million species threatened with extinction, UN-backed report warns

By Daniel de Vries, 14 May 2019

The comprehensive study of biodiversity called for “transformative change” to protect nature and humanity.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE in US holds successful meetings on postmodernism and identity politics

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

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

History

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China

By Peter Symonds, 4 May 2019

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

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

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.

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

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