Ruling conservatives, social democrats collapse in EU elections

By Alex Lantier, 27 May 2019

In Germany, France, Britain and other countries across Europe, these parties that once formed a duopoly dominating the parliament failed to win 50 percent of the vote combined.

Former Trump adviser lays out plan for all-out economic war against China

By Nick Beams, 25 May 2019

Steve Bannon has called for Huawei, the Chinese telecoms firm, to be driven out of US and Europe, declaring this is ten times more important than any trade deal.

“Many of us are a shell of who we were before”
Memorial Day 2019: US Army tweet prompts outpouring of antiwar sentiment

By George Marlowe, 27 May 2019

The horrors and crimes of US imperialism were detailed in a torrent of responses after the US Army asked its Twitter followers how military service had impacted them.

US federal prisoner dies after more than 35 years in solitary confinement

By Kate Randall, 27 May 2019

The dehumanizing conditions of solitary confinement described by Dickens in 1842 have been replaced in the 21st century with its “modern” version, used widely in the US prison system.

“Yellow vest” protesters pay tribute at the Communards’ Wall in Paris

By Will Morrow, 27 May 2019

Hundreds marched through the Père Lachaise Cemetery to the site honoring the massacre of thousands of workers and their families 148 years ago.

Rumored deal between Fiat-Chrysler and Renault foreshadows mass layoffs

By Tom Hall, 27 May 2019

The proposed deal with the French automaker will be used to eliminate “redundancies,” particularly in FCA’s unprofitable European operations.

Ford workers in Germany discuss impending job cuts with SGP candidate

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 May 2019

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, European election candidate of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, spoke to Ford workers about the need for a socialist program to coordinate an international fight back.

German Fridays for Future protesters discuss overthrowing capitalism

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

Tens of thousands of young people once again took to the streets across Germany on Friday to protest against climate change.

Australian youth speak out at climate change rallies

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

“There’s not a solution in one country. The whole world has to make a move for climate change.”

Who is Scott Morrison?
Australia’s right-wing, US-backed prime minister

By Mike Head, 25 May 2019

Morrison has clawed his way to the top job by pledging fealty to the US military alliance, mobilising the military to repel refugee boats and slashing social welfare entitlements.

Stalinist CPM and CPI suffer meltdown in India’s national election

By Deepal Jayasekera, 27 May 2019

The Stalinists’ electoral debacle is the outcome of their decades-long political suppression of the working class and key role in implementing a “pro-market,” “pro-investor” agenda.

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”

Dressbarn to close all its stores as US “retail apocalypse” exceeds 2018 closures

By Anthony Bertolt, 27 May 2019

The liquidation of the clothing retailer will throw approximately 6,800 workers out of their jobs with little, if any, support.

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Le nationalisme et le militarisme dominent le dernier débat des élections européennes en France

Will Morrow, 27 mai 2019

Les partis pro-européens se sont attaqués au Rassemblement national d’extrême droite au motif que son opposition à une armée européenne affaiblirait la capacité de l’impérialisme français à affirmer ses intérêts.

Les enjeux de classe dans la lutte pour la libération de Julian Assange

Joseph Kishore, 27 mai 2019

Assange est victime de l'une des machinations politiques les plus massives de l'histoire moderne, qui a reçu le soutien actif de l'ensemble de l'establishment politique et des médias.

«En fin de compte, la vérité est tout ce que nous avons:» Julian Assange lance un appel au soutien du public

Oscar Grenfell, 27 mai 2019

Dans les premiers commentaires à ceux qui le soutiennent depuis son arrestation, Assange a détaillé ses conditions d’isolement à la prison de Belmarsh et a appelé les partisans à se mobiliser pour sa défense.

Alcoa intensifie l’assaut contre sa main-d’œuvre à travers le monde

Steve Filips, 27 mai 2019

Bien qu’Alcoa mène la charge simultanément contre ses employés en Australie, en Espagne, au Québec et aux États-Unis, le Syndicat des métallos continue d’isoler les différents groupes de travailleurs.

New in Spanish

Assange es la víctima de una de las mayores incriminaciones fraudulentas en la historia moderna, recibiendo el apoyo activo de toda la élite política y la prensa.

Joseph Kishore, 27 mayo 2019

Assange es la víctima de una de las mayores incriminaciones fraudulentas en la historia moderna, recibiendo el apoyo activo de toda la élite política y la prensa.

La quiebra de la campaña electoral europea de Lutte ouvrière

Alex Lantier, 27 mayo 2019

A pesar del aumento en la ira social en el periodo desde las elecciones de 2002, cuando ganó el 10 por ciento de los votos, la llamada “extrema izquierda” espera recibir solo el uno por ciento.

Un paso más hacia la guerra contra Irán
Trump despliega a 1.500 soldados en Oriente Próximo y vende armas a sus aliados del golfo Pérsico

Jacob Crosse y Jordan Shilton, 27 mayo 2019

El último despliegue de tropas y la venta de armas a los aliados del imperialismo estadounidense en Oriente Próximo aumentan marcadamente el peligro de una guerra total, que podría ser desatada por una provocación estadounidense en cualquier momento.

Seis niños inmigrantes han muerto bajo la custodia de los EUA desde septiembre

Eric London, 27 mayo 2019

Proteger las vidas y los derechos democráticos de los inmigrantes requiere una lucha contra las guerras imperialistas y el sistema capitalista.

La primera ministra británica May renunciará como líder conservadora el 7 de junio

Chris Marsden, 27 mayo 2019

May llegó a liderar el país en 2016 como una figura odiada y lo deja como una política fracasada y odiada.

El nacionalismo y el militarismo dominan el último debate electoral europeo en Francia

Will Morrow, 27 mayo 2019

Los partidos a favor de la Unión Europea atacaron a la Agrupación Nacional francesa de extrema derecha sobre la base de que alejarse de un ejército europeo debilitaría la capacidad del imperialismo francés para defender sus intereses.

Represión policial y militar contra huelga espontánea de taxis en Matamoros, México

Eric London, 27 mayo 2019

Cientos de conductores de taxi bloquearon el cruce internacional y varias calles principales en respuesta a los esfuerzos del Gobierno para decomisar los vehículos.

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 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 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

As Assange faces 170-year sentence, Trump proposes pardoning US war criminals

27 May 2019

Trump’s suggestion to pardon US war criminals exposes the class character of the bipartisan campaign against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Earlier Perspectives »

Free Assange and Manning

Free Julian Assange! Free Chelsea Manning!
Attend UK public meetings to demand freedom of Assange and Manning!

27 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party is holding public meetings in the UK to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

UK workers, youth and students demand the freedom of Assange and Manning
“It’s a political imprisonment and completely unjust, so please support, donate and spread the message”

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

SEP campaigners in UK cities won a strong response to the call for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.

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

“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.

The class issues in the fight to free Julian Assange

By Joseph Kishore, 25 May 2019

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism

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

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

Featured Report

“It feels like your whole life is a constant crisis”
US millennials describe life on the brink

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 May 2019

“I have held countless jobs,” Luis said, “and none of them pay enough to live. I couldn’t see myself doing any of them for the rest of my life.”

The millennial generation in the US: Life on the brink

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 May 2019

Arts Review

The end of Game of Thrones: Spectacle versus art

By Gabriel Black, 27 May 2019

Game of Thrones’ final season was met with a widespread public backlash critical of its simplistic and misanthropic ending.

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

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 May 2019

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

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

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

Socialist Equality Party

Aftermath of terrorist attack: Sri Lankan SEP public meeting warns about threat of dictatorship

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

The speakers explained that the dictatorial turn by the Sri Lankan government is part of the international response of ruling classes to the resurgence of class struggles.

Socialist Equality Party election campaigns

Socialist Equality Party wins important support in Australian federal election

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019

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

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

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.

25 years ago: Democratic Representative Dan Rostenkowski indicted

On May 31, 1994, powerful Democratic Party Congressman Dan Rostenkowski of Chicago was indicted on 17 felony counts in a massive abuse of office to plunder over $600,000 from the public treasury.

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50 years ago: General strike begins in Cordoba, Argentina

On May 29, 1969, workers and students in the industrial city of Cordoba, Argentina began a general strike that would become known as “El Cordobazo.”

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75 years ago: Allied forces approach Rome as Hitler calls for retreat

On June 2, 1944, Allied forces, led by British and US troops, succeeded in breaching the Caesar C line, the last defensive German positions leading to Nazi-occupied Rome.

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100 years ago: American aircraft makes first transatlantic flight

On May 27, 1919, the military plane dubbed Navy-Curtis 4, which had set off with two other American military planes, Navy-Curtis 1 and 3, from Long Island in New York on May 8, landed in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Commentary

The bankruptcy of Lutte ouvrière’s European election campaign

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2019

Nationalism, militarism dominate final European election debate in France

UK Prime Minister May to quit as Conservative leader June 7

By Chris Marsden, 25 May 2019

The rise of the Brexit Party and how to fight it

More on Brexit »

Financial Times hails four years of Syriza rule in Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 25 May 2019

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

By Markus Salzmann, 25 May 2019

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

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

Actor Geoffrey Rush awarded record payout in defamation damages

By Linda Tenenbaum, 25 May 2019

Workers Struggles

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

By Eric London, 25 May 2019

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

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

By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2019

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

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

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

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

“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

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.

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