US Senate votes to overturn Trump emergency decree

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2019

The resolution has no immediate practical effect, because Trump will veto it and there is little prospect of an override by Congress, which requires a two-thirds vote.

Pelosi dismisses efforts to impeach President Trump

Auto workers in China face job losses and closures

By Gary Alvernia, 15 March 2019

A slowing Chinese economy and lower car sales, compounded by US trade war measures, has resulted in domestic and foreign auto manufacturers closing factories and laying off workers.

Volkswagen announces thousands of layoffs

Closure of Brazil Ford plant to destroy up to 27,000 jobs

Workers and residents denounce GM Lordstown closure

By Tim Rivers, 15 March 2019

WSWS reporters traveled to the Mahoning Valley to interview GM workers and local residents in the aftermath of the shutdown of the General Motors Lordstown plant last week.

More demagogy and bluster as UAW bargaining convention adjourns

More on autoworkers struggles »

Federal Aviation Administration accused of colluding with Boeing in wake of 737 crashes

By Dan Conway, 15 March 2019

The planes were finally grounded in the US on Wednesday after the FAA repeatedly assured the public that they were safe to fly.

US grounds Boeing 737s involved in Indonesian, Ethiopian crashes

Pompeo enlists US energy conglomerates for global oil war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2019

The US secretary of state’s speech laid out in stark terms Washington’s turn to global “great power” conflict in which control of the world’s oil remains a key component.

Report details suicide crisis inside Amazon facilities

By E.P. Milligan, 15 March 2019

The mental health epidemic that has exploded within the corporate behemoth is the direct result of the brutal exploitation of its workforce.

Kohler Company to shut Wisconsin generator plant and eliminate 325 jobs

By Jacob Crosse, 15 March 2019

The United Auto Workers union is complicit in an operation that shifts production from Wisconsin to a low-wage plant in Mississippi.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike nears end of first week

By Michael Walters and Kristina Betinis, 15 March 2019

Pensions have emerged as a major issue in the dispute that has pitted musicians at one of the top orchestras in the world against wealthy corporate donors.

São Paulo teachers’ union shuts down one-month strike

By our reporters, 15 March 2019

The union called an end to the strike after a clear majority of teachers voted to continue it.

Argentine teachers go back to work after three-day strike

By Rafael Azul, 15 March 2019

This year’s three-day walkout, like a two-day strike and mobilizations in 2018, failed to win wage increases to compensate for inflation.

Teacher sickouts in Kentucky, protests in Maryland and Texas

Trump proposes slashing public education by $7 billion

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The political issues raised by the media ban on UK far-right leader Tommy Robinson

By Thomas Scripps, 15 March 2019

The censorship measures being deployed ineffectually against Tommy Robinson are being prepared for use against the left.

Rifts in Australia’s ruling coalition engulf rural-based National Party

By Mike Head, 15 March 2019

Factional warfare erupted publicly within the Nationals this week, laying bare conflicts that go far beyond the current government’s electoral prospects.

The US reinforces political and military relations with the Maldives

By Rohantha De Silva, 15 March 2019

The foreign minister’s US trip illustrates how far the new Maldivian government is distancing itself from China.

New in Russian

Глобальная борьба учителей

Джерри Уайт, 15 марта 2019 г.

По всему миру учителя выдвинулись на передний край борьбы против десятилетий мер строгой экономии и уровня социального неравенства, невиданного со времен 1920-х годов.

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Volkswagen annonce des milliers de licenciements

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 mars 2019

L’élimination de 7000 emplois par le deuxième constructeur automobile mondial fait partie d’un assaut grandissant sur les emplois de l’industrie mondiale de l’auto.

La grève des jeunes et la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique

Bryan Dyne, 15 mars 2019

Le fait que la manifestation de vendredi ait suscité une large réaction témoigne à la fois de la gravité de la crise écologique et de la radicalisation de la jeunesse dans le monde entier.

La fermeture de l’usine Ford au Brésil éliminerait jusqu’à 27.000 emplois

Miguel Andrade, 15 mars 2019

La fermeture de l’usine a mis à nu la situation économique épouvantable du Brésil et offert aux syndicats une nouvelle occasion de répandre le poison nationaliste.

Il y a 75 ans
La Résistance française adopte un programme pour l'établissement d'une république bourgeoise

15 mars 2019

Le 15 mars 1944, le Conseil national de la Résistance adoptait formellement un programme pour l'établissement d'une république bourgeoise après le renversement des forces fascistes.

New in Spanish

La Huelga Juvenil del Clima y la lucha contra el calentamiento global

Bryan Dyne, 15 marzo 2019

El hecho de que la manifestación planeada para el viernes ha provocado una amplia respuesta refleja la seriedad de la crisis ecológica y la radicalización de los jóvenes en todo el mundo.

La rebelión contra la extinción: el capitalismo "verde" contra el socialismo mundial

Steve James, 15 marzo

La crisis ambiental global es un poderoso argumento a favor de la reorganización socialista de la sociedad.

Por una acción conjunta de los trabajadores de EUA, Canadá y México
¡Defiendan a los trabajadores de Matamoros!/a>

Boletín de los Trabajadores Automotores del WSWS, 15 marzo

Temerosos ante la expansión de las huelgas salvajes a fábricas en todo México y hacia EUA y Canadá, las empresas estadounidenses y extranjeras y las élites gobernantes locales están respondiendo con despidos masivos, cierres de planta y otras represalias.

Volkswagen anuncia miles de despidos

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 marzo

El recorte de hasta 7.000 puestos de trabajo por parte del segundo mayor fabricante de automóviles del mundo es parte de un ataque cada vez más intenso a los empleos a través de la industria automotriz a nivel mundial.

El cierre de la planta de Ford en Brasil destruirá hasta 27.000 puestos de trabajo

Miguel Andrade, 15 marzo

El devastador cierre de planta ha revelado la situación económica abismal de Brasil y ofreció otra oportunidad más para que los sindicatos esparzan su veneno nacionalista.

New in Norwegian

Det algeriske regimet lover bedragersk «overgang» mens streiker brer seg

Will Morrow, 13. mars 2019

Mens Bouteflika har lovet ikke å søke en femte periode skal det oppnås ved å utsette valgene og utvide hans nåværende embetsperiode på ubestemt tid.

Algeriere i Frankrike protesterer i solidaritet med streikebølgen i Algerie

V. Gnana og Alex Lantier, 13. mars 2019

På søndag organiserte nok en gang algeriere protester i Paris og Marseille, ei uke etter at 1 000 algeriere protesterte i Montreal, Canada.

Fransk-italiensk stedfortrederkrig i Libya

Marianne Arens, 13. mars 2019

Det er konkrete materielle interesser bak de skarpe spenningene mellom Frankrike og Italia, som i februar førte til at Frankrike kalte hjem sin ambassadør til Roma.

Mark Zuckerbergs «Personvern-manifest»: Et direktiv for intensiveringen av sensur av Internett og sosialmedier

Kevin Reed, 13. mars 2019

Facebooks nye visjon, publisert den 6. mars av Mark Zuckerberg som hans «Privacy Manifesto», er del av styringselitens svar på rollen sosialmedier spiller i veksten av klassekampen internasjonalt.

Et amerikansk budsjett for verdensomspennende krig

Patric Martin, 13. mars 2019

Trump-administrasjonen forespør om et rekordhøyt militærbudsjett på $ 750 milliarder, mer enn de neste 14 landene til sammen.

Hva ligger bak kampanjen mot den renomerte dirigenten Daniel Barenboim

Clara Weiss, 13. mars 2019

Et sentralanliggende for kampanjen i Berlin mot Barenboim må være hans langvarige kritikk av israelsk okkupasjon og undertrykking av det palestinske folket.

New in German

Die Klimaproteste der Jugend und der Kampf gegen die globale Erwärmung

Bryan Dyne, 15. März 2019

Dass die Freitagsdemonstrationen eine derart breite Resonanz hervorgerufen haben, zeigt vor allem zwei Dinge: Zum einen, wie schwerwiegend die ökologischen Krise ist, und zum anderen eine zunehmende Radikalisierung der Jugend auf der ganzen Welt.

Bundesregierung will eigenen Flugzeugträger

Johannes Stern, 15. März 2019

Die herrschende Klasse in Deutschland träumt vom Bau eines eigenen Flugzeugträgers. Das machen die Aussagen von führenden Politikern in Regierung und Opposition in den vergangenen Tagen deutlich.

Nach Abstürzen in Indonesien und Äthiopien: USA verhängen Flugverbot für Boeing 737-Modelle

Barry Grey, 15. März 2019

Die Behauptungen von Boeing, US-Fluggesellschaften und der Flugaufsichtsbehörde, die Flugzeuge seien absolut sicher, sind unhaltbar geworden.

Eine „beispielhafte Genossin“: Sylvia Callen, stalinistische Agentin, 40 Jahre lang von der Socialist Workers Party (USA) gedeckt.
Teil 2

Eric London, 15. März 2019

Die vierteilige Serie untersucht, wie die Socialist Workers Party (SWP) ab 1947 Informationen vertuschte, die die Rolle von Sylvia Callen, der persönlichen Sekretärin des langjährigen Parteichefs James P. Cannon, als stalinistische Agentin aufdecken.

New in Portuguese

O fechamento da fábrica da GM em Lordstown

Jerry White, 11 Março 2019

O fechamento da icônica fábrica, que foi palco de inúmeras greves selvagens e outras lutas militantes no início dos anos 1970, é o resultado de meio século de traições realizadas pelo sindicato UAW.

As lições políticas da manifestação pela liberdade de Assange de 3 de Março

Comitê Político do Partido Socialista pela Igualdade (Austrália), 11 Março 2019

A manifestação em Sidney ganhou amplo apoio a partir da mobilização da classe trabalhadora para defender os direitos democráticos e os prisioneiros da guerra de classes como Julian Assange.

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Perspective

VW, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia
Jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry

15 March 2019

Recently announced cuts by VW are part of an ongoing jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry, aimed at satisfying the rapacious appetite of the financial oligarchy.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

The college admissions scandal and the rigged system of admissions at elite universities

By Gabriel Black, 15 March 2019

The scandal involving charges against 50 individuals, including 33 parents, is a window into the anti-democratic character of the entire world of admissions processes in higher education.

The Youth Climate Strike and the fight against global warming

By Bryan Dyne, 14 March 2019

Extinction Rebellion: “Green” capitalism versus world socialism

The struggle to stem climate change is the political fight to end capitalism!
Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality!

Netflix’s Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism

By David North and Clara Weiss, 8 March 2019

The working class enters into struggle in Algeria

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2019

A US budget for worldwide war

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2019

Free Assange and Manning!

James Cogan to participate in Unity4J online forum to defend Assange and Manning
Watch from Friday, 4 p.m., US eastern time, Saturday: 7 a.m., Australian eastern time

15 March 2019

The vindictive re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning underscores the urgency of the fight to free Julian Assange from his arbitrary detention by the British government.

IYSSE holds rally at University of Michigan to defend Chelsea Manning

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at University of Michigan, 14 March 2019

Free Chelsea Manning!

By Andre Damon, 11 March 2019

Students and youth across the US demand freedom for Chelsea Manning

Voices at the London Solidarity Vigil in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
“We owe so much to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”

By our reporters, 13 March 2019

Chris Marsden at Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange
“Britain now plays the key role in the conspiracy to silence Julian Assange once and for all”

Emmy Butlin at London rally to defend Assange
“We need international solidarity to bring about a positive outcome in this struggle for freedom for Julian Assange”

Vigil outside London Ecuadorian embassy demands freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

Melbourne rally calls on workers and youth to defend Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 11 March 2019

Workers and young people speak out at Melbourne rally to free Assange and Manning

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

More on the campaign to free Julian Assange »

Arts Review

Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières): A scorned woman takes revenge, or attempts to

By David Walsh, 15 March 2019

The film is based on an episode from Jacques the Fatalist and His Master, a novel written by Denis Diderot (1713–1784), the great Enlightenment figure, in the years 1765 to 1780, but not published until after his death.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya: A satire from Macedonia “between anger and melancholy”

By Verena Nees, 13 March 2019

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
Slave labour and new forms of capitalist exploitation in the 21st century

What lies behind the campaign against famed conductor Daniel Barenboim?

By Clara Weiss, 12 March 2019

The Fight Against Fascism

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

Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”
Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist and prominent opponent of fascism, to speak in US

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

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

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

By Joseph Kishore, 15 February 2019

The social crisis in America

Free dental clinic draws hundreds in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak and Keisha Gibbs, 14 March 2019

A joint effort of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and Remote Area Medical Corps provided more than $162,000 in services to more than 330 patients last Saturday.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 March 2019

Thousands of teachers strike in Morocco, car workers walkout in Hungary.

For joint action of US, Canadian and Mexican workers
Defend the Matamoros workers!

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 12 March 2019

SEP in Sri Lanka wins strong support for plantation workers’ conference

By our reporters, 9 March 2019

Demand the unconditional reinstatement of Sri Lankan plantation worker S. Balasubramaniyam!

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil, 7 March 2019

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

New York University student paper joins in “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt against critics of Israel

By Josh Varlin and Sandy English, 13 March 2019

Cambridge University’s planned involvement with military propaganda programme exposed

By Emanuele Saccarelli and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 March 2019

New poll shows American youth are increasingly supportive of socialism

By Trévon Austin, 13 March 2019

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian Trotskyists hold Kolkata public meeting to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 13 March 2019

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

SEP meetings launch Tamil edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By our correspondents, 6 March 2019

25 years ago: G-7 “job creation” summit held in Detroit

On March 14, 1994, the labor and finance ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialized countries met in Detroit, Michigan on the false promise of “creating jobs” amid the worst economic downturn and highest unemployment rates worldwide since the Great Depression.

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50 years ago: Nixon administration steps up Cold War militarism

On March 14, 1969 US President Richard Nixon announced the implementation of the Safeguard Program, part of a broader escalation in the scale of various cold war military conflicts.

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75 years ago: French Resistance adopts program for the establishment of a bourgeois republic

On March 15, 1944, the National Council of the Resistance, an umbrella body which oversaw the struggle against the Nazi occupation of France under the direction of the Allied powers—the United States, Britain and Canada—formally adopted a program for the establishment of a bourgeois republic following the overthrow of the fascist forces.

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100 years ago: Don Cossacks revolt against Soviets in Russian Civil War

On March 11, 1919, 30,000 Cossacks in Ukraine’s northern Donbas region revolted in the rear of the Red Army. The revolt was centered in the village of Vyoshenskaya and led by Pavel Kudinov.

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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

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)

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

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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