West Virginia educators remain defiant in second day of statewide strike

By Tom Eley, 20 February 2019

The unions’ attempts to declare “victory” have so far failed to convince teachers, who remember all too well similar claims after the betrayal of their statewide strike last year.

“They’ll tell you one thing and turn around and do another”
West Virginia teachers denounce attack on public education

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

Teachers and their allies condemned attacks on public education and expressed enthusiasm for the expansion of strikes.

A year since statewide strike
West Virginia teachers walk out to oppose charter schools

Chicago Teachers Union shuts down strike at CICS charter schools

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2019

Despite hailing it as yet another “victory,” the union agreed to a deal that leaves conditions and teacher compensation at charter schools well below traditional public schools.

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

“My story belongs to every single human being who has sacrificed and risked their life in search of a better life”
Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation

By Angel Andres and Anthony del Olmo, 20 February 2019

The threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of the dangerous landscape that is filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol.

Forty-five-year-old migrant dies in US Border Patrol custody

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 February 2019

A 45-year old man taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol for “illegal reentry” early this month died in a medical facility in McAllen, Texas.

US anti-Huawei campaign suffers a blow

By Nick Beams, 20 February 2019

According to a report in the Financial Times, the UK National Cyber Security Network has concluded that “it is possible to mitigate the risk from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks.”

Honda announces 3,500 job losses at Swindon, England

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2019

The only realistic way for Honda workers to fight back is through the adoption of their own independent strategy.

Irish nurses’ union seeks to impose settlement after calling off strike

By Dermot Byrne, 20 February 2019

The INMO nurses’ union is betraying the struggle for a decent pay rise and better working conditions.

French media slanders “yellow vests” and Muslims as anti-Semites

Alleging “Russian influence,” Facebook bans left-wing pages

By Andy Thompson, 20 February 2019

Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund makes deep cuts to benefits

By Sandy English, 20 February 2019

The announcement was made the same day that President Trump bragged in about the large amount of funding allocated to the Department of Homeland Security,

Alleged hacking of Australian parliament feeds anti-China frenzy

By Peter Symonds, 20 February 2019

The hacking claims are bound up with Australia’s alignment with the escalating US confrontation with China over trade and economic issues, and the military build-up in the Indo-Pacific for war.

Chinese community in Australia voices concern over xenophobic “foreign interference” campaign

Striking midwives rally outside New Zealand parliament

By Tom Peters, 20 February 2019

Midwives, doctors and other health workers face a common fight but their strikes are being divided and isolated by the union bureaucracy.

New in Arabic

هليل شيليش مناضل في سبيل الاشتراكية (1961-2018)

بقلم بيتر شفارتز, ٣١ كانون الثاني يناير ٢٠١٩

في الحادي والثلاثين من ديسمبر 2018 ، توفي في اسطمبول هليل شيليش ، مؤسس مجموعة المساواة الاشتراكية وقائدها ، بعد معاناة من السرطان وهو في السابعة والخمسين من العمر. وهو قضى أكثر من 40 سنة من حياته في النضال في سبيل الاشتراكية ، وسخر الربع الأخير منها ليناء فرع اللجنة الدولية للأممية الرابعة في تركيا.

New in Spanish

La profanación de la tumba de Marx: una advertencia

Por Chris Marsden, 20 feberero 2019

El ataque a la tumba de Karl Marx es una advertencia del peligro que representan para la clase obrera en toda Europa e internacionalmente las fuerzas ultraderechistas deliberadamente promovidas por la burguesía y auxiliadas por la prensa.

Trump declara una guerra global contra el socialismo

Por Bill Van Auken, 20 feberero 2019

La descripción de su Presidencia como una cruzada global y nacional contra el socialismo resucitó el tipo de retórica que no solo caracterizaba el mccarthismo, sino también el surgimiento del fascismo en la primera mitad del siglo veinte.

Trabajador de GM en México se pronuncia en apoyo a lucha contra cierres de planta en EUA y Canadá

Por nuestros reporteros, 20 feberero 2019

El Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotores entrevistó a un trabajador automotor de GM en Silao, México, sobre las condiciones en su planta, la lucha de los trabajadores en Matamoros, comités de base y una lucha conjunta de trabajadores automotores por toda América del Norte y más allá.

Señales de crecientes luchas de trabajadores en China

Por Peter Symonds, 20 feberero 2019

El Boletín Laboral de China registró el año pasado más de 1,700 protestas y huelgas, un 36 por ciento más que las 1,250 en 2017up by 36 percent from 1,250 in 2017. Pero las reportadas por el Boletín constituyen una pequeña fracción del número real de luchas.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
35. Un extraño interludio: las elecciones de 1983

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 20 feberero 2019

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.

New in French

Trump déclare la guerre mondiale au socialisme

Bill Van Auken, 20 février 2019

La présentation de la présidence de Trump comme une croisade mondiale et nationale contre le socialisme a ressuscité le genre de langage qui caractérisait non seulement le maccarthysme, mais la montée du fascisme dans la première moitié du XXe siècle.

La profanation de la tombe de Marx: un avertissement

Chris Marsden, 20 février 2019

La dégradation de la tombe de Marx est un avertissement important sur le danger croissant auquel doit faire face la classe ouvrière en Europe et dans le monde, venant de l’extrême droite qui a été délibérément enhardie par la bourgeoisie et confortée par les médias institutionnels.

L’International Socialist Organization couvre le rôle des syndicats et d’AMLO dans la grève des maquiladoras de Matamoros au Mexique

Alex González, 20 février 2019

Le récit malhonnête de l’ISO couvre le rôle des syndicats et d’Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

New in Norwegian

Trump erklærer global krig mot sosialisme

Bill Van Auken, 20. februar 2019

Presentasjonen av Trumps presidentskap som et globalt – og hjemlig – korstog mot sosialisme, gjenopprettet den type språk som preget ikke bare McCarthyismen, men fremveksten av fascisme i første halvdel av det 20. århundre.

Skjendingen av Marx’ grav: En advarsel

Chris Marsden, 20. februar 2019

Angrepet på Karl Marx’ grav er en alvorlig advarsel om den voksende faren arbeiderklassen over hele Europa og internasjonalt er utsatt for, fra ytrehøyrekrefter som har blitt bevisst dyrket frem av borgerskapet og som har fått understøttelse av massemediene.

Syv Blair-ist parlamentarikere forlater britiske Labour Party

Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan, 20. februar 2019

Det er Corbyns innrømmelser for høyrefløyen som har gitt de syv parlamentsmedlemmene anledning til å forlate, i stedet for å bli ekskludert av Labours medlemmer.

Tysk regjering strammer til for raskere utvisninger

Marianne Arens, 20. februar 2019

Den føderale innenriksministeren Horst Seehofer (CSU) har presentert et 60-siders lovforslag om deportering av flyktninger som bærer ytrehøyrepartiet Alternative für Deutschlands imprimatur fra start til slutt.

New in German

Schändung von Karl Marx‘ Grab: Eine Warnung

Chris Marsden, 20. Februar 2019

Der Angriff auf das Grab von Karl Marx ist eine Warnung vor der wachsenden Gefahr für die Arbeiterklasse in ganz Europa und international, die von rechtsextremen Kräfte ausgeht. Letztere wurden von der Bourgeoisie und ihren Massenmedien bewusst herangezogen und unterstützt.

Die Linke bekennt sich uneingeschränkt zur Europäischen Union

Peter Schwarz, 20. Februar 2019

Kurz vor ihrem Parteitag am kommenden Wochenende hat Die Linke jede Kritik an der Europäischen Union aus ihrem Europawahlprogramm gestrichen.

Wachsende antisemitische und rechte Gewalt in Deutschland

Johannes Stern, 20. Februar 2019

In der vergangenen Woche wurden Zahlen und Statistiken bekannt, die ein Schlaglicht auf die gefährlichen politischen Entwicklungen in Deutschland werfen.

Trump ruft weltweiten Krieg gegen Sozialismus aus

Bill Van Auken, 20. Februar 2019

Trump stellt seine Präsidentschaft als Kreuzzug gegen den Sozialismus im In- und Ausland dar. Er beschwört damit nicht nur die Rhetorik der McCarthy-Ära, sondern verbindet sich auch mit dem Aufstieg des Faschismus in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts.

New in Turkish

Varşova’daki savaş zirvesi

Bill Van Auken, 19 Şubat 2019

İsrail ve Varşova toplantısında temsil edilen Basra Körfezi’nin gerici monarşik diktatörlükleri, Trump yönetiminin oluşturmakta olduğu İran karşıtı ekseninin iki ayağını meydana getirmektedir.

Münih Güvenlik Konferansı’na emperyalist çatışmalar yön verdi

Peter Schwarz, 19 Şubat 2019

Dün sona eren Münih Güvenlik Konferansı, hızla parçalara ayrılan ve felakete doğru ilerleyen bir kapitalist dünya düzenini açığa vurdu.

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 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.

New in Bengali

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

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign

20 February 2019

The senator from Vermont is reprising his role as a lightning rod to contain and defuse social opposition amid an upsurge of the international class struggle and growing interest in socialism.

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.

Commentary

US media passes over in silence Trump’s fascistic diatribe in Miami

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2019

To the extent that the corporate media reported the speech it was limited to foreign policy and electoral calculations, ignoring the echoes of 1930s fascism in Trump’s remarks.

Trump declares global war on socialism

The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2019

The International Socialist Organization covers up for the unions, AMLO in Matamoros, Mexico maquiladora strike

By Alex González, 19 February 2019

Build rank-and-file strike committees! Prepare to expand the strike!
A fighting program for Oakland teachers

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 19 February 2019

Oakland, California teachers set to strike this week

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

By Eric London, 18 February 2019

Imperialist conflicts dominate Munich Security Conference

By Peter Schwarz, 18 February 2019

The international upsurge of working class struggle in 2019

By Niles Niemuth, 12 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

Free Julian Assange!

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.

Support for Assange and SEP Australia demonstrations evokes strong international response

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

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

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

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

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.

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 »

Arts Review

The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India
Modern Indian art at the Asia Society Museum in New York

By Josh Varlin and Evan Cohen, 20 February 2019

The Progressive Artists’ Group brought together remarkable artists whose works express the democratic and anti-imperialist sentiments of millions as the British Raj ended.

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

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2019

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

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

New in Arabic

Arabic translation of “Halil Celik, a fighter for socialism (1961-2018)”

Published here is the Arabic translation of the obituary of Halil Celik by Peter Schwarz. 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.

The Fight Against Fascism

Updated: Letters oppose barring of SEP panel on the fight against fascism from Historical Materialism conference

19 February 2019

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

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

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

CIA out of Northern Virginia Community College!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 February 2019

The IYSSE demands that NVCC repudiate all ties to the CIA, including barring it and other agencies of the US military-intelligence apparatus from recruiting students.

Workers Struggles

Sri Lankan tea plantation workers protest victimisations

By our reporters, 19 February 2019

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

Signs of rising levels of workers’ struggles in China

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2019

Germany: Public transport strike paralyzes Berlin

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019

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

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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