Two hundred thousand protest in Barcelona against show trial of Catalan separatists

By Alejandro López, 18 February 2019

There is broad opposition, centered above all in the working class, to EU-backed attempts to establish a police state in Spain based on anti-Catalan propaganda.

Spanish government falls amid Catalan crisis

The show trial of the Catalan nationalists and the far-right danger in Spain

Following national emergency declaration
White House pushes for rapid border wall construction

By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2019

Trump’s White House aide Stephen Miller told Fox News the goal was to build more than 200 miles of wall before the 2020 election.

Trump’s state of emergency
A step towards presidential dictatorship

Signs of rising levels of workers’ struggles in China

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2019

China Labour Bulletin last year recorded more than 1,700 protests and strikes, up by 36 percent from 1,250 in 2017—a small fraction of the actual number of struggles.

After months of courtship, Amazon calls off New York HQ2 deal

By Clare Hurley, 18 February 2019

The decision to pull out over opposition from workers locally comes amid news that Amazon paid no taxes last year.

Oakland, California teachers set to strike this week

By Ben McGrath, 18 February 2019

Oakland educators are faced with a struggle against the Democratic Party and the teachers’ union, which have collaborated in decades of budget cutting in Oakland and across California.

Anger grows among Denver teachers, as union gloats about closed-door negotiations

By Andrea Peters, 18 February 2019

The tentative agreement reached by the union cuts compensation for some school employees and deepens union-management collaboration in merit pay.

Union shuts down Denver teachers strike

Connections exposed between far-right group and police in Portland, Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 18 February 2019

Local journalists released hundreds of friendly and detailed texts between Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Jeff Niiya and Joey Gibson, leader of Patriot Prayer, a local fascist group.

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

ICE raids terrorize immigrants across the US Southwest

By Norisa Diaz, 18 February 2019

A five-day immigration sweep in Southern California targeting 122 businesses has led to the arrest of 212 immigrants.

No More Deaths volunteers prosecuted for providing humanitarian aid to migrants

UK school pupils and students protest climate change

By our reporters, 18 February 2019

Up to 15,000 young people demonstrated throughout the UK on Friday, protesting in every main town and city.

Veteran Trotskyist Barbara Slaughter addresses Leeds climate change demo

By our reporters, 18 February 2019

Slaughter, of the Socialist Equality Party, was warmly welcomed, especially when she described the global character of the crisis and the necessity for global action to address it.

Climate change and the fight for socialism

New attacks on pensions imposed by UK Tory government

By Dennis Moore, 18 February 2019

A BBC analysis finds that millions of workers in Britain will see pay cuts in the coming weeks, as the amount they have to pay in pension contributions increases.

Nigeria election commission abruptly postpones presidential poll

By Eddie Haywood, 18 February 2019

The contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and chief rival Atiku Abubakar is in a virtual dead heat, with each candidate expected to take an even number of votes.

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa government clamps down on popular opposition

By Stephan McCoy, 18 February 2019

The ZANU-PF regime has responded to rising social discontent by unleashing the military.

Trump adviser John Bolton to conduct pre-election visit to Australia

By Mike Head, 18 February 2019

One of Washington’s most vocal war hawks will arrive in the midst of a political crisis and on the eve of the federal election.

New in Urdu

وینز ویلا کا تیل اور امریکہ کی پشت پناہی میں کودیتا کی جیو پو لیٹکس

گیبریل بلیک

وینزویلا کے بڑے پیمانے کے ذخائر پر امریکہ اور اس کے اتحادی کڑی نظر رکھے ہوئے ہیں اور اسے اہم شطرنج کے مہروں کے طور پر چین کیخلاف جنگ کیلئے استعمال کررہے ہیں۔

New in Dutch

Lerarentekort en hoge werkdruk ondermijnen het Nederlandse onderwijs

Door Harm Zonderland, 15 februari 2019

Een enquête gehouden onder onderwijspersoneel legt de desastreuze arbeidsomstandigheden bloot op de Nederlandse basisscholen, voortgezet onderwijs, HBO en MBO en universiteiten.

New in Turkish

ISO ve DSA, Tarihsel Maddecilik konferansında SEP’in açık oturumunu engelliyor

Joseph Kishore, 18 Şubat 2019

Açık oturumu dahil etmeme kararı, DSA’nın ve ISO’nun Sosyalist Eşitlik Partisi, WSWS ve DEUK tarafından savunulan Troçkist politika ile siyasi farklılıkları eliyle güdülenen düpedüz bir sansür eylemidir.

New in Portuguese

O julgamento farsesco dos nacionalistas catalães e o perigo da extrema direita na Espanha

Alex Lantier, 18 Fevereiro 2019

Seguindo a tendência política em toda a Europa, a classe dominante na Espanha está preparando-se para construir um estado policial e defender o legado do fascismo do século XX.

Partido dos Trabalhadores elogia políticos imperialistas e militares brasileiros envolvidos na operação de mudança de regime na Venezuela

Miguel Andrade, 18 Fevereiro 2019

Enquanto finge se opor à tentativa de mudança de regime na Venezuela, o PT enviou representantes para encontrar líderes da UE que tem estado na linha de frente do cerco ao país latino-americano.

New in French

Le gouvernement espagnol tombe sur fond de crise catalane

Alejandro López, 18 février 2019

Les principaux partis mèneront la campagne électorale la plus à droite en Espagne depuis la Transition de 1978 qui a instauré le pouvoir parlementaire, sous couvert de combattre le séparatisme catalan.

L’état d’urgence de Trump
Un pas vers la dictature présidentielle

Patrick Martin, 18 février 2019

Aucun président américain n'a usurpé de manière aussi flagrante la prérogative constitutionnelle du Congrès de décider comment les fonds publics doivent être dépensés.

New in Spanish

El estado de excepción de Trump
Un paso hacia una dictadura presidencial

Patrick Martin, 18 febrero 2019

Ningún presidente estadounidense ha usurpado tan flagrantemente la prerrogativa constitucional del Congreso de decidir cómo gastar los bienes públicos.

Huelga del sector público a nivel nacional golpea Portugal

Will Morrow, 18 febrero 2019

Los principales dirigentes sindicales han emitido advertencias al gobierno de que sus acciones podrían desencadenar luchas "incontrolables" por parte de los trabajadores que ellos no podrían prevenir.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
33. Programa de adiestramiento para la juventud: una aventura fabiana

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 18 febrero

Este es el texto del análisis realizado en el verano de 1986 por el Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional sobre el colapso de su sección británica, el Workers Revolutionary Party.

Alemania: huelga en el transporte público paraliza Berlín

nuestros reporteros, 18 febrero 2019

Durante gran parte del viernes, todos los trenes subterráneos y tranvías en la capital se detuvieron y la mayoría de los autobuses permanecieron en sus depósitos.

Italia: manifestación masiva en Roma contra el gobierno derechista

Marianne Arens, 18 febrero

La marcha fue apoyada por trabajadores, retirados y estudiantes de escuela que quieren luchar las políticas derechistas del gobierno. Pero los líderes sindicales, representantes del Partido Demócrata y los políticos de pseudoizquierda le otorgaron a la marcha una orientación proempresarial.

Voluntarios de No More Deaths procesados por proporcionar ayuda humanitaria a migrantes

Anthony del Olmo, 18 febrero 2019

La puesta en mira de grupos de ayuda humanitaria es una advertencia de que no habrá excepciones en los ataques fascistizantes del Gobierno contra los inmigrantes.

New in German

Imperialistische Konflikte beherrschen Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz

Peter Schwarz, 18. Februar 2019

Die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz, die gestern zu Ende ging, bot das Bild einer kapitalistischen Weltordnung, die rasch auseinanderbricht und auf eine Katastrophe zusteuert.

Trump ruft Notstand aus: ein Schritt in Richtung Präsidialdiktatur

Patrick Martin, 18. Februar 2019

Noch nie wurde das verfassungsmäßige Recht des Parlaments, über die Verwendung öffentlicher Mittel zu entscheiden, von einem US-Präsidenten derart offen mit Füßen getreten.

Spanien: Katalonien-Krise bringt Regierung zu Fall

Alejandro López, 18. Februar 2019

Die großen Parteien in Spanien bereiten sich darauf vor, den rechtesten Wahlkampf seit dem Übergang zur parlamentarischen Herrschaft im Jahr 1978 zu führen.

München: Mehrere Tausend demonstrieren gegen Sicherheitskonferenz

Korrespondentenbericht, 18. Februar 2019

Während zahlreiche Teilnehmer auf der Demonstration ihre Wut auf die imperialistische Kriegspolitik ausdrückten, richteten die pseudolinken Organisatoren hilflose Appelle an die Kriegstreiber.

Studierendenparlament der Beuth-Hochschule verurteilt rechte Angriffe auf IYSSE

der Hochschulgruppe der IYSSE an der Humboldt-Universität, 18. Februar 2019

Nach dem Studierendenparlament der Humboldt-Universität hat sich mit dem StuPa der BHT eine weitere Studierendenvertretung der Berliner Hochschulen gegen die rechten Angriffe auf die IYSSE ausgesprochen.

New in Norwegian

Trumps nødssituasjon
Et skritt mot presidensielt diktatur

Patrick Martin, 18. februar 2019

Ingen amerikansk president har så flagrant tilranet seg Kongressens forfatningsmessige privilegium for å bestemme hvordan offentlige midler skal brukes.

Indias regjering benytter Kashmir-angrep til å skru opp spenninger med Pakistan

Deepal Jayasekera, 18. februar 2019

New Delhis fordømmelser og skremmende trusler er så godt som kunngjøring av et forestående indisk militærangrep på Pakistan.

Offentligsektor-streiker over hele Portugal

Will Morrow, 18. februar 2019

Ledende fagforbundrepresentanter advarer regjeringen for at dens handlinger kan utløse «ukontrollable» kamper som de ikke kan forhindre.

Spansk regjering faller, samtidig med katalansk krise

Alejandro López, 18. februar 2019

De store partiene er satt til å drive den mest høyreorienterte valgkampen i Spania siden Overgangen til parlamentarisk styre i 1978, under dekke av opposisjon mot katalansk separatisme.

Se: Demonstrasjonsmarsjen for Kampen Mot GM-fabrikknedleggelsene

18. februar 2019

Bilarbeidere og supportere fra hele Midtvesten marsjerte den 9. februar i Detroit for å motsette seg General Motors’ planer om nedlegging av fabrikkanlegg og oppsigelser i USA og Canada.

Fagforeningsbøller angriper streikende Matamoros-arbeidere

Andrea Lobo, 18. februar 2019

Trusler fra ledelsen, politiet og fagforeningene blir stadig hyppigere over hele byen.

Sikkerhetskonferansen i München
Tysk forsvarsminister taler for tysk-europeisk krigspolitikk

Johannes Stern, 18. februar 2019

Nesten 75 år etter slutten på Den andre verdenskrigen forbereder imperialistmaktene åpent for en ny runde militærkonflikter.

Brexit-uenigheter fører til intensiverte diskusjoner om splittelser både av Tory-partiet og Labour Party

Robert Stevens, 18. februar 2019

Theresa May led et ytterligere nederlag i parlamentet over sin Brexit-politikk, mens Labour-leder Jeremy Corbyn ble ytterligere undergravd av et opprør fra partiets tallrike høyrefløy av Blair-ister.

New in Russian

Боритесь с увольнениями на автозаводах Ford! Создавайте комитеты действий для объединения рабочих автомобильной промышленности по всей Европе!

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei и Socialist Equality Party и Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 7 февраля 2019 г.

Рабочий класс не может признать за корпорациями «права» закрывать заводы, уничтожать целые сообщества и разрушать жизни десятков тысяч рабочих.

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চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনাল-এর ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী পালন উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত কলকাতার সভার প্রচার করছেন ভারতীয় ট্রটস্কিপন্থীরা

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চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের ৮০তম প্রতিষ্ঠাবার্ষিকী উপলক্ষ্যে আয়োজিত আগামী ১০ই মার্চের জনসভাকে সফল করার জন্য চতুর্থ ইন্টারন্যাশনালের আন্তর্জাতিক কমিটি (আই-সি-এফ-আই)-এর ভারতীয় সমর্থকরা পশ্চিমবঙ্গের রাজধানী কলকাতায় বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের মধ্যে প্রচার চালাচ্ছেন।

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Perspective

Imperialist conflicts dominate Munich Security Conference

18 February 2019

The Munich Security Conference, which ended yesterday, laid bare a capitalist world order rapidly breaking apart and heading for disaster.

Earlier Perspectives »

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.

The Fight against Fascism

ISO and DSA bar Socialist Equality Party panel on the fight against fascism from upcoming Historical Materialism conference

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

Karl Marx’s grave desecrated by fascists

By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2019

The granite plinth supporting a large bronze bust of Marx was daubed with anti-communist slogans on Friday night, marking the second attack on it by fascists in the past fortnight.

Commentary

New York Times places songwriter Ryan Adams in the crosshairs of its #MeToo witch hunt

By Eric London, 18 February 2019

Within hours, the music industry began erasing Adams’ nearly 30-year footprint as a pioneer of popular Americana music.

Former FBI deputy director confirms FBI, Justice officials discussed removing Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 February 2019

A reply to Britain’s Community Security Trust

By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2019

Indian government seizes on Kashmir attack to ratchet up tensions with Pakistan

By Deepal Jayasekera, 16 February 2019

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 February 2019

The working class and socialism

War summit in Warsaw

Wealth concentration increases in US and globally

One year since the Parkland high school massacre: A political balance sheet

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

Arts Review

Prazdnik (Holiday): Film about social inequality in Russia attracts mass audience

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2019

The film is a poignant indictment of social inequality and has been subject to a campaign of Russian government censorship.

The Last Survivors: A testament to the Holocaust
A documentary film by Arthur Cary, first shown on BBC Two

By Margot Miller, 15 February 2019

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
Between identity politics and opposition against the far right

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 February 2019

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The 2019 Grammy Awards: The music industry’s love affair with itself

At St. Ann’s Warehouse Theater in Brooklyn
The Jungle: A makeshift society within the global refugee crisis

Free Julian Assange!

John Pilger calls for participation in demonstrations to demand the freedom of Julian Assange

18 February 2019

John Pilger, journalist, filmmaker and outspoken opponent of militarism and injustice, will be one of the main speakers at the demonstration in Sydney.

SEP national secretary James Cogan participates in Unity4J discussion on the defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Cogan explained why the SEP has called demonstrations demanding the freedom of Julian Assange, as well as the broader campaign by the WSWS against internet censorship.

Award-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses Free Assange demonstrations in Australia

16 February 2019

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees supports rallies for the freedom of Julian Assange

15 February 2019

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019

Australian students endorse rallies to free Julian Assange

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, March 10!

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

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

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

25 years ago: Worldwide unemployment smashes record set in Great Depression

The International Labor Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, released a report on February 19, 1994, detailing historically unprecedented high unemployment worldwide.

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50 years ago: NLF launches offensive in Vietnam

On February 24, 1969, less than five weeks after the inauguration of President Richard Nixon, the National Liberation Front (NLF) launched a major offensive against US forces in South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Norwegian blast hits Nazi nuclear program

On February 20, 1944, an explosion set by commandos of the Norwegian resistance dealt a major blow to Nazi Germany’s efforts to develop atomic weapons.

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100 years ago: Bavarian Prime Minister Kurt Eisner assassinated

On February 21, 1919, Kurt Eisner, the Bavarian prime minister and a member of the Independent Socialist Party (USPD), was assassinated in the streets of Munich by a right-wing aristocrat, Count Arco-Valley.

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February 9 demonstration against GM plant closings

Watch: March to Fight GM Plant Closures

Autoworkers and supporters from across the Midwest marched on February 9 in Detroit to oppose General Motors’ plans for plant closings and layoffs in the US and Canada.

Autoworkers must prepare fight as UAW plans new givebacks in 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019

Striking workers in Matamoros, Mexico support Detroit demonstration against auto layoffs

In this video, striking auto parts workers at Fisher Dynamics in Matamoros, Mexico send their support to last weekend’s demonstration against mass layoffs in the US auto industry called by the Socialist Equality Party.

“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
Maruti Suzuki workers in India send greetings to February 9 protest

Autoworkers, supporters demonstrate in Detroit to oppose GM closures and layoffs

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

Workers Struggles

Union thugs assault striking Matamoros workers

By Andrea Lobo, 16 February 2019

Mexican union apparatus, government scramble to suppress growing strike across Mexico

More on the Matamoros Strike »

Germany: Public transport strike paralyzes Berlin

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019

Sri Lanka: SEP and Abbotsleigh workers’ committee organise picket to oppose witch hunt in plantations

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

Book Review

The State, Business and Education: How rapacious corporations are dismantling public education globally

By Erika Zimmer, 16 February 2019

Billionaires, global tech companies and national governments are imposing a profit-driven, user-pays system.

Science

Opportunity rover ends 15 years of Martian exploration

By Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2019

History

The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2019

One hundred years since the Seattle General Strike

By Kayla Costa, 11 February 2019

100 years since the Seattle General Strike—Part 2

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

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

Obituary

Daniel Freeman, a founding member of the Workers League, dies at the age of 84

By Fred Mazelis, 13 February 2019

Mehring Books

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

12 February 2019

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century published in Tamil

Socialist Equality Party

The way forward to win wages and social rights
Workers Action Committee in Sri Lanka calls plantation workers’ conference

By the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee, 12 February 2019

The conference will discuss the lessons of the recent plantation workers’ struggle and the political strategy needed to win their demands.

Sri Lankan SEP public meetings to launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

7 February 2019

New in Arabic

استراتيجية النضال الطبقي الدولي والنضال السياسي ضد الرجعية الرأسمالية في عام 2019

٢ شباط فبراير ٢٠١٩

في مطلع العام الأخير صرحت اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة :" إن عام 2018 الجديد- وهو عام الذكرى المئوية الثانية لمولد كارل ماركس- سيتسم في المقام الأول بتركيز هائل للتوترات الاجتماعية وبتصاعد النضال الطبقي في أرجاء العالم".

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)

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

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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