Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2019

Amid growing repression of “yellow vest” protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

Hands off Venezuela!

As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
Canadian union leader postures as supporter of Matamoros strikers

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019

Unifor’s near-total silence about the courageous struggle of the Matamoras workers is of a piece with their reactionary campaign attacking Mexican workers for GM’s job massacre.

The US pseudo-left’s conspiracy of silence on the Matamoros workers’ rebellion

Teachers at four Chicago charter school campuses walk out

By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019

In the second-ever strike to hit charter schools, 175 teachers and staff at four Chicago International Charter School campuses walked out Tuesday over pay and conditions.

48-year-old teacher perishes in house fire on Chicago’s southwest side

By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019

Kathleen Gomez was mourned by family and friends at her home on Tuesday evening.

Oakland, California teachers overwhelmingly vote to strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 6 February 2019

Oakland teachers have voted by 95 percent to authorize a strike, showing the determination of educators to fight in defense of public education.

West Virginia teachers battle legislative “education reform”

FDA advisor criticizes agency’s response to opioid epidemic

By Brian Dixon, 6 February 2019

The chair of the FDA’s opioid advisory committee claimed the agency is manipulating data in favor of the pharmaceutical companies seeking approval for new opioid painkillers.

Boston jury hears testimony of how Insys Therapeutics pushed opioid painkiller and killed hundreds

Strike wave hits Kosovo

By Paul Mitchell, 6 February 2019

The Kosovan government is determined to prevent workers overturning years of stagnant or declining wages.

UK: Employment growth at the expense of pay and job security

By Alice Summers, 6 February 2019

While employment rates have being steadily rising since the 2008 global financial crash, this increase has gone hand in glove with growing levels of job insecurity and stagnant pay.

Australia: Bank shares soar after release of report into financial “misconduct”

By James Cogan, 6 February 2019

The 76 recommendations brought down by the banking Royal Commission do not put anyone on trial, let alone capitalism.

Another flammable cladding fire in Australia highlights government failure

By Paul Bartizan, 6 February 2019

The fire at central Melbourne’s NEO200 high-rise apartment was caused by the same flammable panels used on London’s Grenfell Tower.

New Zealand health unions suppress struggles against Labour government

By John Braddock, 6 February 2019

Thousands of health workers are facing a political struggle against the Labour-led government, which is imposing the deep austerity measures demanded by big business.

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¡Manténganse fuera de Venezuela!

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 feberero 2019

Con la ayuda del imperialismo europeo y canadiense y los Gobiernos derechistas de América Latina, Washington está preparándose para invadir Venezuela o sumirla en una guerra civil.

La conspiración de silencio de la pseudoizquierda estadounidense ante la rebelión obrera de Matamoros

Por Alex González, 6 feberero 2019

Por medio de su deshonesto silencio, la pseudoizquierda estadounidense está demostrando su hostilidad a la lucha valiente de una de las secciones más oprimidas de la clase obrera internacional.

La “seguridad fronteriza” de Estados Unidos: Militar, tortura, prisiones bárbaras

Por Patrick Martin, 6 feberero 2019

Mientras los demócratas dicen que se oponen el muro de Trump, apoyan otras medidas represivas contra los inmigrantes y refugiados.

Las asambleas del “chaleco amarillo” se reúnen en Commercy
Los partidos de la pseudoizquierda buscan intervenir en el movimiento francés del “chaleco amarillo”

Por V. Gnana y Alex Lantier, 6 feberero 2019

El 26 de enero, se llevó a cabo la Asamblea de asambleas del “chaleco amarillo”, después de dos reuniones previas de la Asamblea Popular en Commercy desde que comenzó el movimiento del “chaleco amarillo”.

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La «sécurité des frontières» aux États-Unis: troupes, torture et prisons barbares

Patrick Martin, 6 février 2019

Alors que les démocrates prétendent s’opposer au mur de Trump, ils soutiennent toutes les autres actions répressives menées contre les immigrants et les réfugiés sans défense.

Ne touchez pas au Venezuela!

Bill Van Auken, 6 février 2019

Avec l'aide de l'impérialisme européen et canadien et des gouvernements de droite d'Amérique latine, Washington se prépare à envahir le Venezuela ou à le plonger dans une guerre civile.

Rejeter la campagne antimexicaine de l'UAW et d'Unifor
Unir les travailleurs américains, canadiens et mexicains contre la fermeture d’usines de GM !

Jerry White, 6 février 2019

En opposition au nationalisme des syndicats UAW et Unifor, la manifestation du 9 février à Detroit contre les fermetures d’usines de GM appellera à l’unité des travailleurs américains, canadiens et mexicains dans le combat de leurs intérêts communs et contre leurs ennemis communs – les entreprises transnationales de l’automobile.

New in Norwegian

Hendene vekk fra Venezuela!

Bill Van Auken, 6. februar 2019

Med bistand fra europeisk og kanadisk imperialisme og de høyreorienterte regjeringene i Latin-Amerika, forbereder Washington seg på å invadere Venezuela eller kaste landet ut i borgerkrig.

Det amerikanske pseudo-venstres taushetskomplott om Matamoros-arbeidernes opprør

Alex González, 6. februar 2019

Med sin uærlige taushet demonstrerer USAs pseudo-venstre sin fiendtlighet for den modige kampen til en av de mest undertrykte delene av den internasjonale arbeiderklassen.

Integrity Initiative: Storbritannias innblanding i Norge

Bjørn Halvorsen, 6. februar 2019

Anonymous’ lekkede dokumenter avslører en antidemokratisk konspirasjon mot den norske allmennhetens antikrigholdning.

USA med nye krigstrusler for olje mot Venezuela

Eric London, 6. februar 2019

En militærintervensjon i Venezuela – med en befolkning på 30 millioner – kunne drepe hundretusener eller til og med millioner av mennesker og forvandle Latin-Amerika til et imperialistisk slakteri.

Fagforeningen legger ned Audi-streiken i Ungarn

Markus Salzmann, 6. februar 2019

En uke-lang streik av 12.000 arbeidere på den ungarske Audi-fabrikken i Györ hadde en massiv innvirkning på produksjonen ved flere fabrikker i Europa og rystet bilindustrien.

De tolvte «gul vest»-protestmarsjene i Frankrike var mot politirepresjon

Anthony Torres, 6. februar 2019

Mens fagforeninger forberedte en symbolsk én-dags-streik for tirsdagen i dag, opponerte massene av «gul vest»-protesterende mot fagforeningenes forsøk på å overta og kvele deres bevegelse.

Avvis UAWs og Unifors antimeksikanske kampanje
Foren amerikanske, kanadiske og meksikanske arbeidere mot GM-fabrikknedleggelsene

Jerry White, 6. februar 2019

I opposisjon til fagforbundene UAWs og Unifors nasjonalisme vil demonstrasjonen mot GM-fabrikknedleggelsene den 9. februar i Detroit oppfordre til enheten av amerikanske, kanadiske og meksikanske arbeidere, for å slåss for deres felles interesser mot deres felles fiender – de transnasjonale bilkonsernene.

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Hände weg von Venezuela!

Bill Van Auken, 6. Februar 2019

Mit Hilfe des europäischen und kanadischen Imperialismus und der rechten Regierungen Lateinamerikas bereitet sich Washington darauf vor, Venezuela entweder zu erobern oder in einen Bürgerkrieg zu stürzen.

Berliner Fluggesellschaft Germania meldet Pleite an

Ulrich Rippert, 6. Februar 2019

Wie schon bei der Pleite von Air Berlin, bei der die Gewerkschaft Verdi eng mit Lufthansa zusammenarbeitete, zahlt letztlich die Belegschaft die Kosten der Insolvenz.

Entlassungswelle bei Ford und GM
Ford kündigt 1.000 Entlassungen an, General Motors beginnt massiven Stellenabbau

Von unseren Reportern, 6. Februar 2019

Während General Motors mit der Entlassung von 4.250 Beschäftigten begonnen hat, kündigte Ford die Abschaffung der zweiten Schicht in seinem Werk in Flat Rock (Michigan) zum 1. April an, wodurch mehr als 1.000 Stellen wegfallen.

40 Jahre seit der Erstausstrahlung der Serie „Holocaust“

Clara Weiss, 6. Februar 2019

Vier Jahrzehnte nach ihrer Erstausstrahlung hat die Serie inmitten eines internationalen Rechtsruckes nichts an ihrer Relevanz verloren.

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Госдума ужесточает цензуру в Интернете на фоне забастовки 12 тысяч дальнобойщиков

Клара Вайс, 1 февраля 2019 г.

Законодательство является частью глобальных нападок на свободу слова в Интернете и кампании по ужесточению цензуры в отношении независимых новостных агентств.

Эта неделя в истории
100 лет назад: На Украине создан Совет Народных Комиссаров

1 февраля 2019 г.

28 января 1919 года в Харькове большевиками был учрежден Совет Народных Комиссаров в качестве правительства Советской Украины.

New in Portuguese

Greve de Matamoros ameaça parar indústria automotiva norte-americana

Por Eric London, 6 fevereiro 2019

A mídia corporativa está se mantendo em silêncio sobre a maior greve na América do Norte das últimas duas décadas.

Washington prepara golpe de direita na Venezuela

Por Bill Van Auken, 6 fevereiro 2019

O apoio de governos da América Latina e ao redor do mundo à tentativa de golpe orquestrado pelos EUA faz parte de um giro global à direita e à ditadura.

A greve dos trabalhadores automotivos de Matamoros e a censura na internet

Por Andre Damon, 6 fevereiro 2019

A greve de mais de 70.000 trabalhadores que está acontecendo na cidade de Matamoros, no México, não tem sido noticiada pelos principais jornais e emissoras de televisão.

New in Turkish

Brezilya’daki maden faciasında 58 ölü ve yüzlerce kayıp

Gabriel Lemos, 30 Ocak 2019

13 milyon metreküp demir cevheri atığının çiftliklere, köylere ve çevreye yayılmasının ardından, 300'den fazla insan kayboldu; doğrulanan rakamlara göre 58 kişi öldü.

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Perspective

State of Fear: Trump unleashes tirade against socialism

6 February 2019

The president’s claims of an economic “miracle” were belied by his denunciations of rising public support for socialism within the United States.

Earlier Perspectives »

February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

“The auto workers will not be forgotten men and women!”: Press conference promotes March to Fight Plant Closures

WSWS Labor Editor Jerry White addressed a press conference Tuesday in front of GM world headquarters in downtown Detroit ahead of this weekend’s march to oppose mass layoffs in the auto industry.

Mexican auto parts workers support February 9 demonstration in Detroit

By Andrea Lobo and Eric London, 6 February 2019

“I support the call for a general strike in Canada, the US and Mexico. We must be united. There are no borders. We stand firm here.”

Reject the anti-Mexican campaign of the UAW and Unifor
Unite US, Canadian and Mexican workers against GM plant closings!

“We need to understand we all face the same struggle”
Broad support for February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

“We are being called to action by our brothers and sisters around the world to join this fight”
Autoworkers call for support for February 9 march against GM plant closings

February 9 demonstration against auto plant closures in Detroit
The program and strategy to defend jobs

By Joseph Kishore, 1 February 2019

The demonstration, called by the WSWS and the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, is the first organized expression of rank-and-file opposition to GM’s jobs massacre.

Students and youth must join the fight to oppose GM job cuts!

No layoffs! No concessions!
Autoworkers call for demonstration February 9 to fight GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 12 January 2019

Detroit autoworkers support striking Mexican workers

"The best thing to do would be to unify with the American workers." Share this video to promote the March to Fight GM Plant Closures on February 9.

Defend the Matamoros workers! For a united fight by US, Canadian and Mexican workers to defend jobs and decent living standards!
March on February 9 to oppose GM job cuts!

the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, 29 January 2019

Fight the Ford layoffs! Build rank-and-file committees to unite autoworkers across Europe!

History

One hundred years since the death of Franz Mehring

By Peter Schwarz, 6 February 2019

Mehring was one of the leading Marxist theoreticians of his time. Unlike other leading Social Democrats, who shifted to the right, he joined the Spartacus League during World War I.

Arts Review

Fire in my mouth: New York Philharmonic premieres oratorio on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2019

The hour-long work probes an infamous example—in New York City in 1911—of capitalist exploitation and the sacrifice of workers’ lives on the altar of private profit.

The Land of Steady Habits: Postcrash American disillusionment

Leyla McCalla’s Capitalist Blues: Keeping one’s eyes open

Vanity Fair: A new television adaptation of the great 19th century novel

Commentary

Jobs bloodbath at Ford and GM
Ford announces 1,000 job cuts as GM begins mass layoffs

By our reporters, 5 February 2019

GM to lay off 4,250 salaried workers in North America starting Monday

US “border security”: Troops, torture, barbaric prisons

By Patrick Martin, 5 February 2019

As Trump threatens national emergency
Democrats offer increased spending for border policing

“Yellow vest” assemblies meet in Commercy
The pseudo-left parties seek to intervene in France’s “yellow vest” movement

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 5 February 2019

Twelfth “yellow vest” protest marches against police repression in France

More on the "yellow vests" protests in France »

The Governor Ralph Northam affair

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2019

The Strategy of International Class Struggle and the Political Fight Against Capitalist Reaction in 2019

By James Cogan, Joseph Kishore and David North, 3 January 2019

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Obituary

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)

Defend Julian Assange!

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, March 3! Melbourne State Library, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

Australian workers and youth support March rallies in defence of Julian Assange

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

Julian Assange issues “urgent” legal challenge against US extradition plans

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Matamoros Auto Strike

Matamoros strike grows as Mexican ruling class warns of national strike wave

By Eric London and Andrea Lobo, 2 February 2019

The economics of the North American auto industry
How global auto parts corporations profit by exploiting Mexican workers

Worker in Mexico fired, beaten, censored, and falsely charged for protesting corporate abuses

Matamoros, Mexico maquiladora workers threatened with mass plant closures

70,000 strike at US-Mexico border

Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

Watch: A Texas Amazon worker's message to Matamoros workers

"Attention striking workers in Matamoros: I want you to know we have heard your here in the United states. We are with you and we support you." Help break the media blackout of the Matamoros strike by sharing this video.

Mexican government prepares “legal” pretext for end of Matamoros strike

By Alex González, 29 January 2019

Strikes by Hungarian Audi workers, Mexican auto parts workers
The global struggle of autoworkers

Matamoros strike at a crossroads as Mexican government orders crackdown

Unifor launches anti-Mexican boycott as diversion from fight over Oshawa closure

As strike expands in the maquiladoras
Mexican auto parts workers explain how they formed strike committees

More on the Matamoros workers rebellion »

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 February 2019

Auto production in the US and Canada has been impacted by the ongoing strikes by maquiladora workers in Matamoros, Mexico which have disrupted shipments of critical parts.

Lawsuit alleges Amazon caused worker’s death

By Jeff Lusanne, 2 February 2019

More on Amazon »

Portugal’s strike wave intensifies

By Paul Mitchell, 2 February 2019

United Steelworkers announces concessions contract agreement with Shell Oil

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 February 2019

Florida education commissioner advocates widespread privatization

By Jean Bellevie and Matthew MacEgan, 2 February 2019

The political questions facing US oil workers in the 2019 contract negotiations

West Virginia teachers angered over renewed attack on public education

By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 1 February 2019

Sacramento school district threatens bankruptcy to extort concessions from teachers

The timeline of a sellout
How the UTLA orchestrated the betrayal of Los Angeles teachers

After sellout of Los Angeles teachers strike, new attacks on public schools coming

India: Unions betray Tamil Nadu teachers’ and government workers’ strike

By Arun Kumar, 1 February 2019

The political significance of India’s two-day general strike

Berlin teachers and social workers strike for better working conditions

By our reporters, 31 January 2019

More on teachers' struggles »

Sri Lankan plantation workers protest unions’ sellout wage deal

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil, 29 January 2019

Oppose the Sri Lankan plantation unions’ sellout agreement!

An appeal from a UK rail worker for a joint fight of rail, bus and tram workers across Europe

Second nationwide strike by New Zealand doctors

25 years ago: Byron De La Beckwith convicted for 1963 assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers

Byron De La Beckwith, member of a white supremacist group, was convicted on February 5, 1994 for the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist and head of the Mississippi state branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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50 years ago: Millions strike in Italy

On February 5, 1969, millions of Italian workers participated in a one-day general strike called by the major labor federations to demand higher pensions.

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75 years ago: Roosevelt moves to control Arabian oil

On February 6, 1944, the US government’s Petroleum Reserve Corporation, set up by President Franklin Roosevelt, unveiled its plans to construct a vast pipeline across Saudi Arabia to transport crude oil from the Arabian wells.

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100 years ago: Seattle general strike begins

On February 6, 1919, 25,000 workers in Seattle, Washington walked out to join 35,000 shipyard workers already off the job, as a general strike virtually shut down the city.

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IYSSE

Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at PSU, 31 January 2019

Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019

Final IYSSE election meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin
How can the rise of the far-right be stopped?

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

Mehring Books

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

1 February 2019

The translation of David North’s book is vital for Tamil-speaking workers, youth and intellectuals on the Indian sub-continent, in Sri Lanka, and exile communities around the world.

ICFI meeting announcement

Indian Trotskyists campaign for Kolkata meeting to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Arun Kumar and Ritwik Mitter, 26 January 2019

Indian university students discuss the rising danger of war and the betrayal by the Stalinist parties of the working class.

Indian Trotskyists in Kolkata to celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

7 January 2019

The Kolkata meeting will review the essential political lessons of the protracted struggle of the Fourth International and their relevance to the fight for socialist internationalism today.

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

The Fight Against Postmodernism

Widespread student support for beleaguered professor Peter Boghossian

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Portland State University, 17 January 2019

Portland State University threatens to fire Peter Boghossian for authoring “Grievance Studies” hoax

The “Grievance Studies” hoax exposes postmodernist charlatans

Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution. The text of the letter is published here.

International Committee of the Fourth International

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

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

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

Book Review

Rohini Hensman’s Indefensible: The ISO discovers its muse—the CIA

By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018

Rohini Hensman’s book, issued by the International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) Haymarket Books publishing house, is an endorsement of imperialist war.

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