Another devastating fire kills at least 80 in Bangladesh capital

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 22 February 2019

The inferno was fuelled by chemicals stored in the area, despite repeated government promises of crackdowns on building code violations.

Powerful support for Oakland teachers’ strike

By Jonathan Burleigh, 22 February 2019

Like teachers across the US and internationally, striking teachers in Oakland, California are fighting against the corporate war on public education and the complicity of the trade unions.

Support Oakland teachers! For a general strike to defend education!

By WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 22 February 2019

The call must go out in every workplace in the Bay Area, across California, the US and internationally: “The Oakland teachers must not fight this decisive battle alone!”

Oakland, California teachers walk out as unions sabotage West Virginia strike

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

West Virginia educators remain defiant in second day of statewide strike

Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco

House Education and Labor Committee: US schools are in shambles

By J. Cooper, 22 February 2019

A recent Congressional hearing exposed the disastrous state of public schools but offers no solutions.

Authorities confirm Assange’s Australian passport was renewed last October

By James Cogan, 22 February 2019

News that the WikiLeaks publisher’s passport was renewed last October does not reduce by one iota the danger that he confronts.

State and corporate attacks escalate against workers in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 22 February 2019

The World Socialist Web Site has received new reports of assaults against workers in Mexico who are voicing opposition to the right-wing offensive of the government and companies against social and democratic rights.

“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

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

Macron threatens to criminalize opposition to Zionism in France

By Will Morrow, 22 February 2019

The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on “yellow vest” protesters.

French ruling elite attacks “yellow vests” while claiming to fight anti-Semitism

New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army

By Gregor Link, 22 February 2019

A former member of the German army’s elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for “Day X.”

Anti-Semitic and far-right violence on the rise in Germany

UK parliament committee demands sweeping social media censorship

By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2019

Social media companies would be required by law to remove what is deemed as “disinformation,” as well as “harmful content,” or face potential fines.

Marathon workers in Galveston Bay, Texas reject USW-company sellout contract

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 February 2019

The overwhelming “no” vote by oil workers at Marathon Petroleum in Galveston Bay, Texas reflects growing worker militancy in the face of the continuing attacks on living standards.

Mercenaries flown back to US after their arrest in Haitian capital

By John Marion, 22 February 2019

Eight men, five of them former US Special Forces or Marines, were arrested on the roof of the building housing Haiti’s national bank.

China retaliates over New Zealand government’s Huawei ban

By John Braddock, 22 February 2019

The retaliation by Beijing has revealed divisions over how to maintain business ties with China while strengthening NZ’s alliance with US imperialism.

Australia: Royal commission finds that Murray-Darling Basin Authority acted unlawfully

By Martin Scott, 22 February 2019

The investigation found that a triumph of political considerations over “best available science” led to environmental catastrophe.

New in Turkish

Fransız egemenler Musevi karşıtlığıyla mücadele iddiasıyla “sarı yelekliler”e saldırıyor

Alex Lantier, 22 Şubat 2019

Musevi karşıtlığını pekiştiren bütün bu politikaların hedefi, işçi sınıfı içinde büyüyen muhalefettir.

New in Russian

Здание университета обрушилось в Санкт-Петербурге

Клара Вайс, 22 февраля 2019 г.

Обрушение здания в Санкт-Петербурге является симптоматическим проявлением эпидемии обрушения домов и пожаров, что является прямым следствием упразднения Советского Союза в 1991 году и реставрации капитализма.

Эта неделя в истории
25 лет назад: Общемировая безработица бьет рекорд времен Великой депрессии

22 февраля 2019 г.

Международная организация труда (МОТ), структура Организации объединенных наций, опубликовала 19 февраля 1994 года доклад, в котором подробно описывался беспрецедентно высокий уровень безработицы во всем мире.

New in Norwegian

USAs tilbaketrekning fra missilavtale utløser globalt atomvåpenkappløp

Andre Damon, 22. februar 2019

Et halvt århundre etter at den kubanske missilkrisen brakte menneskeheten til en hårsbredd fra utslettelse, bygger Washington opp under en enda farligere global kjernefysisk duell.

Den franske styringseliten angriper «de gule vestene», mens de hevder å slåss mot antisemittisme

Alex Lantier, 22. februar 2019

Historikken til Sosialistpartiet PS og president Emmanuel Macrons parti LRM, La République en marche, avslører at deres påstander om å opponere mot antisemittisme er et politisk bedrageri.

Trump mottar «nasjonal sikkerthets»-rapport om bilimport

Nick Beams, 22. februar 2019

En granskningsrapport fra det amerikanske handelsdepartementet antas å hevde at bilimport utgjør en «trussel».

New in French

La violence antisémite et d'extrême droite en hausse en Allemagne

Johannes Stern, 22 février 2019

Les statistiques publiées cette semaine mettent en lumière les dangereux développements qui prennent place en Allemagne.

Le retrait des États-Unis du traité sur les missiles déclenche une course mondiale aux armements nucléaires

Andre Damon, 22 février 2019

Un demi-siècle après que la crise des missiles de Cuba ait amené l’humanité à un cheveu de la destruction, Washington alimente une confrontation nucléaire mondiale encore plus dangereuse.

Le Parti de gauche allemand soutient l’Union européenne

Peter Schwarz, 22 février 2019

En prévision de son congrès de ce week-end, le Parti de gauche (Die Linke) a retiré toute critique de l’Union européenne de son programme électoral.

13 mois de lock-out pour les travailleurs de l’ABI au Québec
Le Syndicat des Métallos prépare les dernières étapes de la trahison

Laurent Lafrance, 22 février 2019

Derrière son apparente «neutralité», le gouvernement de la CAQ soutient entièrement la compagnie dans sa tentative de changer les règles du jeu dans ses usines pour accroître sa productivité et sa compétitivité aux dépens des travailleurs.

New in Spanish

El retiro estadounidense del tratado de misiles desata una carrera armamentística nuclear y global

Andre Damon, 22 febrero 2019

Medio siglo después de que la crisis de misiles en Cuba colocara a la humanidad a un pelo de su destrucción, Washington está avivando un enfrentamiento global y nuclear incluso más peligroso.

Del arsenal del trotskismo
El Informe Político de David North al Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional —11 de febrero de 1984

22 febrero

Esta semana se cumplen treinta y cinco años de cuando David North, por entonces secretario nacional de la Workers League de los Estados Unidos (predecesora del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad), presentara en una reunión del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional una crítica al abandono por parte del Workers Revolutionary Party británico de concepciones teóricas y principios programáticos clave del trotskismo.

Cómo el WRP traicionó al trotskismo:1973-1985
37. El comienzo del fin: el WRP y la disputa de la NGA

Declaración del Comité Internacional de la Cuarta Internacional, 22 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.

El partido alemán La Izquierda respalda a la Unión Europea

Peter Schwarz, 22 febrero 2019

Antes de su congreso de este fin de semana, el partido La Izquierda (Die Linke) ha eliminado toda crítica a la Unión Europea de su programa electoral para las elecciones europeas.

Miles de maestros atacados por la policía antidisturbios en Marruecos

un reportero, 22 febrero

La policía abrió fuego con cañones de agua y atacó a los manifestantes cuando se acercaron al Palacio Real del Rey Mohammed VI. Docenas de maestros fueron llevados en ambulancias a hospitales locales después de haber sido tirados al suelo por los ataques de la policía.

La élite gobernante francesa ataca a los "chalecos amarillos" mientras reclama combatir el antisemitismo

Alex Lantier, 22 febrero 2019

El registro del Partido Socialista (PS) y del partido La República en Marcha (LRM) del presidente Emmanuel Macron revela sus pretensiones de oponerse al antisemitismo como un fraude político.

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 German

Bernie Sanders kündigt Präsidentschaftskampagne 2020 an

Niles Niemuth, 21. Februar 2019

Der Senator aus Vermont spielt erneut die Rolle des Blitzableiters, um inmitten eines Aufschwungs des internationalen Klassenkampfes und des wachsenden Interesses am Sozialismus die soziale Opposition einzudämmen und zu entschärfen.

Neue Enthüllungen über Terrornetzwerk in der Bundeswehr

Gregor Link, 21. Februar 2019

Ein ehemaliger Elitesoldat hat gegenüber dem SWR- Politikmagazin „Zur Sache Baden-Württemberg“ bestätigt, dass es im deutschen Staatsapparat ein Terrornetzwerk gibt, das die Ermordung politischer Gegner und einen faschistischen Umsturz plant.

Flugsicherheitskräfte lehnen Verdi-Tarifvertrag ab

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21. Februar 2019

Verdi will nachverhandeln, schloss aber erneute Streiks der 23.000 Beschäftigten der Luftsicherheit aus.

US-Medien übergehen Trumps faschistische Hetzrede in Miami mit Schweigen

Bill Van Auken, 21. Februar 2019

Sofern die Mainstream-Medien überhaupt über Trumps Rede berichteten, beschränkten sie sich auf außenpolitische und wahltaktische Erwägungen. Dass die Rede an den Faschismus der 1930er Jahre erinnerte, ignorierten sie jedoch.

100 Jahre Bauhaus: Von Dessau nach Moskau
Teil 1: Hannes Meyer im Bauhaus

Sybille Fuchs, 21. Februar 2019

Wie zahlreiche andere Spezialisten ging am Ende der Weimarer Republik auch Hannes Meyer, der Nachfolger von Walter Gropius als Bauhausdirektor, mit etlichen Bauhausabsolventen in die Sowjetunion, wo sie in die Zwänge der stalinistischen Bürokratie gerieten.

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 Bengali

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

অরুণ কুমার এবং ঋত্বিক মিত্র, ২৬ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯

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

Egypt hangs nine prisoners
State murder backed by imperialism

22 February 2019

The bloodstained dictatorship of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has the support of both Washington and the European powers.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The Jussie Smollett controversy: Must all accusations be believed?

By Eric London, 22 February 2019

Smollett has been arrested for filing a false police report after the Democratic Party adopted his story as proof that identity—not class—defines social relations.

US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2019

Trump regime targets “loser teachers” in red-baiting tirade

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2019

Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential campaign

By Niles Niemuth, 20 February 2019

Trump receives “national security” report on auto imports

Trump declares global war on socialism

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2019

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

The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

By Chris Marsden, 19 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

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

Free Julian Assange!

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

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

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

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.

History

How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution
Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2019

As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in the post-war period was to overturn the real “renewal” represented by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the “better world” beginning in Russia (none of which, incidentally, is shown in the exhibition).

Arts Review

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
Midnight Traveler—“Sometimes life takes you through hell”

By Verena Nees, 22 February 2019

The film provides an authentic and moving portrayal of people just like us, who just happen to live in the wrong country at the wrong time.

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

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

By Clara Weiss, 18 February 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

MIT refuses to cut ties to Saudi regime

By John Marion, 22 February 2019

The MIT president announced the university’s commitment to maintaining relationships with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of the Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

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.

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.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
South African gold miners’ strike at Sibanye in third month, Kenyan striking nurses defy back to work order

22 February 2019

As the strike by workers at Sibanye gold mine continues, the company announced the closure of two mines costing 7,000 jobs. Meanwhile Kenyan nurses are defying a back to work order by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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.

More »

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

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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