“Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for public support

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019

In the first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, Assange detailed his conditions of isolation at Belmarsh prison and called for supporters to mobilise in his defence.

A further step towards war with Iran
Trump deploys 1,500 troops to Middle East, sells weapons to Gulf allies

By Jacob Crosse and Jordan Shilton, 25 May 2019

The latest troop deployment and sale of arms to US imperialism’s Middle East allies sharply increases the danger of all-out war, which could be triggered by a US provocation at any time.

UK Prime Minister May to quit as Conservative leader June 7

By Chris Marsden, 25 May 2019

May came to lead the country in 2016 as a hated figure and leaves it as a despised political failure.

The rise of the Brexit Party and how to fight it

Conservative Party implodes over Brexit crisis as May agrees to stand down next month

More on Brexit »

Actor Geoffrey Rush awarded record payout in defamation damages

By Linda Tenenbaum, 25 May 2019

The Oscar-winning actor was granted a total of nearly $2.9 million, in general and special damages, due to the Murdoch media’s defamatory articles.

Police and military crack down on spontaneous taxi strike in Matamoros, Mexico

By Eric London, 25 May 2019

Hundreds of taxi drivers blocked the international border crossing and several major thoroughfares in response to government efforts to decommission cabs.

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Financial Times hails four years of Syriza rule in Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 25 May 2019

To be favourably featured in a leading mouthpiece of the global financial aristocracy is testament to the high regard in which Alexis Tsipras is held in ruling circles.

UK climate change protests: Students speak out against treatment of Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 25 May 2019

Thousands of schoolchildren and students demonstrated around the UK Friday to protest government inaction on climate change.

German Social Democrats and “The Left” strengthen domestic security agency

By Markus Salzmann, 25 May 2019

In addition to an increase in domestic secret service staff, the state government wants to strengthen the use of police informers and limit parliamentary control.

Nationalism, militarism dominate final European election debate in France

By Will Morrow, 25 May 2019

Pro-European Union parties attacked the far-right National Rally (RN) on the basis that its turn away from a European army would weaken French imperialism’s ability to assert its interests.

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

UAW continues to isolate workers
Mercy Health workers continue strike as management digs in

By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2019

Three days of talks this week produced no agreement as management refused to seriously address workers’ concerns over understaffing while continuing operations with strikebreakers.

As UAW starts closed-door talks with management
Toledo hospital strikers call for broader mobilization

Chicago Teachers Union prepares to back new Democratic mayor’s austerity demands

By Marcus Day, 25 May 2019

The CTU has collaborated with former Mayor Rahm Emanuel in attacking teacher pay, pensions and health care benefits, and colluded with the Democrats in school closures and privatizations.

Management demands cuts to healthcare and pensions
United Steelworkers forcing 6,100 Alcoa and Arconic workers to work without a contract

By Steve Filips, 25 May 2019

Over 6,100 United Steelworkers members at Alcoa and Arconic are being told to continue working without a contract while the company prepares to bring in scabs in the event of a strike.

Germany continues deportations to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 25 May 2019

Just days before the European elections, the charter flight to the war-torn country exposes the deadly practice carried out by both the federal and state governments.

Six immigrant children dead in US custody since September

Grenfell fire inquiry delayed for another six months

By Alice Summers, 25 May 2019

The criticisms of survivors and the bereaved point to the growing recognition of the inquiry’s fraudulent nature and disillusionment with the entire process.

New in Arabic

الحرب الإمبريالية ، انتفاضة الطبقة العاملة في الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا ، واستراتيجية الثورة الدائمة

يقلم كيث جونز, ٩ أيار مايو ٢٠١٩

ثمة نقطة مركزية في منظور اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة وفي استراتيجيتها الثورية هي الاعتراف بأن الانهيار الرأسمالي الشامل المنهجي الذي يدفع القوى الإمبريالية نحو العدوان والحرب هو بالتحديد الذي يغذي ثورة اجتماعية.

New in Spanish

Los nuevos cargos contra Julian Assange bajo la Ley de espionaje criminalizan el periodismo

Andre Damon, 25 mayo 2019

Los nuevos cargos contra Julian Assange bajo la Ley de espionaje criminalizan el periodismo

Se deslizan los mercados por la guerra comercial y los temores sobre el crecimiento global

Nick Beams, 25 mayo 2019

El Financial Times citó a un administrador de fondos que dijo que estaba en “modo de pánico” y que “la gente se está dando cuenta de que la economía podía ir mucho más lento de lo que pensábamos”.

Líder partidario de Mélenchon respalda la Agrupación Nacional neofascista de Le Pen

Alex Lantier, 25 mayo 2019

En medio de un resurgimiento internacional de la lucha de clases, las fuerzas nacionalistas y pequeñoburguesas del movimiento “populista de izquierda” europeo se están moviendo a la derecha.

Al empeorar la guerra comercial, el presidente chino invoca la “Larga Marcha”

Peter Symonds, 25 mayo 2019

Los comentarios de Xi Jinping fueron un grito de guerra hacia la burocracia China mientras se enfrenta a la inestabilidad económica global, las medidas de guerra comercial de EUA y un aumento en el descontento social.

La generación del milenio en Estados Unidos: la vida al borde

Genevieve, 25 mayo 2019

Las condiciones que enfrentan los milenarios de la clase obrera son las mismas condiciones que enfrenta toda la clase obrera, entre los cuales los milenarios son una capa particularmente vulnerable.

New in German

Stimmt gegen Nationalismus und Krieg! Wählt SGP!

Christoph Vandreier, 25. Mai 2019

Wir rufen Arbeiter und Jugendliche auf, bei den Europawahlen am Sonntag der SGP ihre Stimme zu geben und damit ein deutliches Zeichen gegen Nationalismus und Krieg und für eine sozialistische Perspektive zu setzen.

Neue Anklage gegen Julian Assange nach dem Spionagegesetz bedeutet Kriminalisierung von Journalismus

Andre Damon, 25. Mai 2019

Die Anklage von Julian Assange unter dem Spionagesetz ist ein Angriff auf die Pressefreiheit von historischen Ausmaßen, für den die Mainstreammedien und sämtliche etablierte Parteien mitverantwortlich sind.

Video: Die Bedeutung der Verteidigung von Julian Assange

Chris Marden, 25. Mai 2019

Die folgende Rede hielt der Nationale Sekretär der Socialist Equality Party (GB), Chris Marsden, am vergangenen Samstag auf der Wahlveranstaltung der SGP in Berlin.

Fridays for Future Demonstranten diskutieren über Sturz des Kapitalismus

unseren Reportern, 25. Mai 2019

Am Freitag haben in ganz Deutschland zehntausende junge Menschen gegen den von Menschen gemachten Klimawandel demonstriert. Weltweit gingen Hunderttausende auf die Straßen.

Erfolgreiche Buchvorstellung von „Warum sind sie wieder da?“ in der Heinrich-Böll-Bibliothek

unserem Reporter, 25. Mai 2019

Am Donnerstag stellte der stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei (SGP), Christoph Vandreier, sein Buch „Warum sind sie wieder da?“ in der Heinrich-Böll-Bibliothek in Berlin-Prenzlauerberg vor.

Im Gespräch mit Fordarbeitern
„Arbeiter müssen sich entscheiden, die SGP aufzubauen. Niemand anders vertritt ihre Interessen.“

Dietmar Gaisenkersting und Europawahlkandidat der Sozialistischen Gleichheitspartei, 25. Mai 2019

Viele Arbeiter sind wütend über den Arbeitsplatzabbau und die IG Metall, die den Jobabbau im Interesse steigender Rendite unterstützt.

Indisches Großkapital verschafft Modi und der BJP eine zweite Amtszeit

Keith Jones, 25. Mai 2019

Die Stalinisten haben ihre Unterstützung für rechte Regierungen jahrzehntelang mit der Behauptung gerechtfertigt, dies würde die Machtübernahme der BJP verhindern. Aufgrund dieser Politik sind die BJP und die hindu-chauvinistische Rechte heute jedoch eine größere Bedrohung als je zuvor.

Eine Million demonstrieren in Brasilien gegen Bildungskürzungen und Austerität

Miguel Andrade, 25. Mai 2019

Die Demonstranten verglichen die brutalen Sparmaßnahmen in den von der Arbeiterpartei PT regierten Bundesstaaten mit denen des faschistischen Präsidenten und seiner Verbündeten.

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 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 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.

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Perspective

The class issues in the fight to free Julian Assange

25 May 2019

Assange is the victim of one of the most massive political frame-ups in modern history, which has received the active support of the entire political establishment and the media.

Earlier Perspectives »

Socialist Equality Party election campaigns

Socialist Equality Party wins important support in Australian federal election

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019

Thousands of workers, students and young people signalled their support for a socialist alternative to war, budget cuts and authoritarianism.

Australian voters speak out
Workers and youth condemn major parliamentary parties

SGP European election candidate Andreas Niklaus speaks to Berlin bus drivers
“A war must be prevented at all costs”

By our reporters, 25 May 2019

Discussions revolved around the connection between the growing danger of a third world war, the policies of the federal government, and the cementing of austerity programmes

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

Arts Review

Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 May 2019

Knock Down the House reviews the election campaigns of several Democratic Party primary candidates in the 2018 congressional elections, focused on Ocasio-Cortez in New York City.

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

By Clare Hurley and Clara Weiss, 24 May 2019

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

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

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

The bankruptcy of Lutte ouvrière’s European election campaign

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2019

Despite growing social anger over the period since the 2002 elections, when it won 10 percent of the vote, the so-called “far left” expects to get only 1 percent.

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

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

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

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2019

Markets fall on trade war and global growth fears

By Nick Beams, 24 May 2019

The Huawei shock

White House and Google launch technology war against China

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

By Johannes Stern, 24 May 2019

Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2019

Free Assange and Manning

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism

By Andre Damon, 24 May 2019

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

“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

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.

Workers Struggles

Chowel India auto-parts workers arrested; Chinese teachers protest over pay; Fast food workers strike in New Zealand
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

25 May 2019

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

“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

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

By Kayla Costa, 24 May 2019

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

British Steel collapse threatens 25,000 jobs

By Robert Stevens, 23 May 2019

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

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